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Newt Supports North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban

Newt Supports North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban


The oft remarried Newt Gingrich has thrown his campaign weight behind North Carolina’s ballot to ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Gingrich says in the video that marriage is at the heart of who we are (though divorce must surely be a close second for some of us) and that this basic belief is under radical attack. He says North Carolina’s May 8 referendum is a chance to vote to keep marriage as a man and a woman and uphold tradition values.

All fine except that North Carolina already has a statutory ban on same-sex marriage and what this constitutional amendment would actually do is ban all marriage-like partnerships including straight domestic partnerships, something that legal commentators have said is constitutionally suspect and incredibly bad for business.

Still, aping that religion is coming under attack, Gingrich ignores this and urges people to support Amendment 1 at the May 8 ballot.

Watch the video below:

Whether Gingrich’s support for Amendment 1 will have any effect remains to be seen.

However, polling data out this week shows some interesting trends, and chiefly that there is a sizable proportion of voters who don’t actually know what the amendment would do. Some voters in fact think the amendment is to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, while others admit to having no real idea beyond a vague notion that it will ban same-sex unions.

This may be because the state’s GOP has been messaging that this amendment would “protect children” would “keep the definition of marriage as one man and one woman,” and would protect from “judicial activism” without actually explaining specifically what the public will be voting on. This rather dirty campaign has been successful in other states, namely Maine and California, but what seems to be happening here is that this ultimately broad assault has given opponents of the measure a window of opportunity.

For instance, the polling data shows 54% support Amendment 1 while 40% oppose it, but a sizable 27% are unsure. Other polls have indicated a more even split yet still with a sizable proportion unable to decide, so the key for Amendment 1 opponents seems to be in educating voters on what the overreaching amendment will actually do.

As for Newt Gingrich, word out today says he’s suspending his presidential campaign as of May 1. His Amendment 1 support is then perhaps a parting gift.

Related Reading:

Pro-Prop 8 Star Witness Comes Out Against NC Ban

Ted Olson Joins Battle Against NC’s Anti-LGBT Amendment 1

Clay Aiken Speaks Out Against NC Gay Marriage Ban (VIDEO)

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10:24AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:21PM PDT on May 4, 2012

North Carolina vote for this, THEY ARE JUST AS BAD AS HE IS!

12:32PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

He's a repuke. What did you expect?

1:40PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

What's the big deal? They don't want to be straight let them be gay. BE GAY..don't try to be straight...have your own relationships...don't thry to be straight and don't expect straight people to like you BECAUSE you are gay. They will like you if you are good good people!

7:08PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Of course he would, right??

4:35PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Bottom line: who cares?

1:37PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

For a man living in a house made completely of glass he has a lot of gall throwing stones. Three wives and still complaining about what other people do. That is the HEIGHT of Hypocrisy.

9:36AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Newt is just a hot mess! I can't believe anyone would be influenced by his opinion on anything.

2:53AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Who cares???

7:49PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

guess he won't come to his sister's wedding.

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