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.
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