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POLL: NC Marriage Amendment has strong lead in final week

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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CIVITAS INSTITUTE) -- Marriage Amendment proponents appear to be ahead in North Carolina, according to polling done by the Civitas Institute on April 30 to May 2.

Support for the proposed amendment to the state constitution that would give the current definition of marriage additional legal protection remains strong as One-Stop Absentee Voting enters its final days. Applying survey results to current voter turnout trends and anticipated election day voting would project the amendment winning by no less than a 16 percentage-point margin.

A survey of partisan primary voters shows the amendment winning among Democrats by a slim 48-to-44 percent margin and among Republicans by a 78-to-15 percent margin. The largest supporters of the amendment among Democratic voters are black voters (38 percent of the sample), who support the amendment by a 2-to-1 margin -- 63 to 30 percent. Self-identified conservative Democrats (23 percent of the sample) support the amendment by an 82-to-13 percent margin.

Among Republican primary voters, the weakest support for the amendment was found with self-identified liberal/moderate Republicans (21 percent of the sample), who supported the amendment by a 49-to-46 percent margin.

“While there is still time for a strong advertising or grassroots effort to change the outcome, it appears supporters of the amendment have the momentum,” said Civitas President Francis De Luca. “However, as I have said before, this amendment is about deeply felt convictions affecting some of our most important civic institutions, faith and family. I believe we have not heard the last word on this issue.”

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling, see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.

Full text of questions:

Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment that says: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State?”

DEMOCRATIC/UNAFILLIATED VOTERS IN DEM PRIMARY

48% Total Support

44% Total Oppose

41% Strongly Support

7% Somewhat Support

6% Somewhat Oppose

38% Strongly Oppose

7% Don’t Know/ No Opinion (DO NOT READ)

1% Refused (DO NOT READ)

REPUBLICAN/UNAFILLIATED VOTERS IN REP PRIMARY

78% Total Support

15% Total Oppose

72% Strongly Support

7% Somewhat Support

3% Somewhat Oppose

12% Strongly Oppose

6% Don’t Know/ No Opinion (DO NOT READ)

-- Refused (DO NOT READ)

These two polls were each of 400 registered voters who were likely primary voters in their respective primaries in North Carolina and was conducted between April 30 and May 2, 2012 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered 2012 primary election voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past two primary elections (2008, 2010) or be newly registered to vote since May 1, 2010.

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 400 interviews (registered voters) will be within +- 4.9% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in at least one of the past two primary elections or is newly registered to vote since May 1, 2010.

More information on the Civitas Institute is available at www.nccivitas.org.

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Can't Stand Bigots & Hypocrites!

Thanks for the laughs folks:
Scenario's 1 thru 3:
1. Man to wife: "Honey, please meet the doctor here that did my heart transplant surgery and saved my LIFE"!. (Later that evening, the wife tells her husband) "Dear, I know that doctor's nurse, and she told me he is Gay". (Husband to wife) "I want my old heart BACK!!!!!"
2. Car goes off the road into a lake, the drowning passenger can't get out. A Gay couple see's this, comes to help, the victim knows them and that they are Gay and says, "Oh No, Let Me Drown!!!!"
3. Married couple in extreme financial need, goes to the bank for a loan. The loan officer gets their loan approved and they are extremely happy and thankful (until they see a photo on the loan officers desk, of he/she hugging another loved one of the same sex.
Guess the married couple applying for the loan, tore up the loan papers, huh?

(Did these 3 examples sound ridiculous to you? Good, that's 1 step in the right direction, but they sound like things some of you folks project yourself to believe in.)

Some of you folks here, making some of the comments you make against people's choice of companionship & love for others, claiming to be God Fearing Christians, are as much in favor of "Love Thy Neighbor" as a one celled amoeba, if even that!
You live in your self centered world, mad about what a complete stranger desires in life, simply because it doesn't match your own, and how many believe the same as you do? Pat yourselves on the back, you obviously do have a following!
You always see comments from people, on issues such as this, in a very hypocritical manner, not even realizing the whole world that turns around you, turns on and on regardless of those that hide behind a book of saying's that are mythological, and stemmed from someone's POV thousands of years ago.
Enjoy living in your shell, but don't try and turn other people's lives into your way of thinking. If you don't, the world will be a much better place to live in. In other words, mind your own business.
One more thing, for those of you that preach religion to friends, neighbors, or on Forums, and then pass on curse words on a daily basis in excited conversations, (and that goes on in staggering amounts) think about how ridiculous that sounds to mix the both together. But I guess as long as preaching your religious beliefs Ok's it, in your mind, it's your cross to bare to others.
Now those of you wanting to unleash your thoughts defending your hypocritical views here (which a lot obviously are), it's your choice and your right. But think about the 3 scenario's I wrote in the beginning of my comments here, and then read them again, and again, and again.
I believe that a person's love for another is their business, and not John Q. Public's!
You Holy Rollers had your shot at comments, I just had mine.
You will get the message, I hope!

STRAIGHT MARRIED WHITE MALE

I think homosexuals should have to be married to be together. They should be miserable as the rest of us! J/k

On a serious note, WHO CARES?! It doesn't affect me nor does it affect anyone who is not gay. There are too many useless, needless and victimless laws. I voted against the measure!

African Americans should be ashamed

Amazing that the group that has suffered at the hands of bigots the most, are now the most bigoted toward others. This really is a really sad commentary on the people of NC. How dare all of you dictate to others based on your own prejudice and religion. Pure ignorance is all this is. I am embarrassed to be be associated with NC in this way.

Well what can be said in

Well what can be said in this regard :?

Don't let the door hit you

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

You are the one who is

You are the one who is ignorant. Homosexuality is immoral. Being black is not immoral. Everyone has the right to vote according to his conscience and if his conscience tells him not to condone immoral behavior then he has the right to vote accordingly.

Then by all means

Then by all means leave....North Carolinians don't want you to be ashamed of those of us who stand up for what is right...No global religion in the world supports homosexuality and this gives North Carolinians the opportunity to make this a clear statement of what they want in our State....

Oh yeah?

You'll get over it.

Ammendment 1 NC Gay Marriages

I can't help when I see all the protesters fighting for support of Amendment 1 using religious quotes from the Bible to make a point. Truth be known they know nothing of Biblical teachings. God laid down ten laws,The Ten Commandments. No ware in the Ten Commandments does it say anything about marriage. But all those preaching ideology forgot some of the basic laws of the Ten Commandments,. "And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. So in essence they are violating God's Laws. Remember " Judge And Ye Shall Not Be Judged". "Love Thy Neighbor As You Love Thyself" They forget everything important that Gos asked of us "And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." Yes I know the Bible and I am against Amendment 1, not for Biblical reasons but for protection of freedom in America. Webster defines marriage as, "a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage". So all those in favor of Amendment 1, you are placing you ideologies in front of freedom. Can you in live with limited free society in good conscience? or will you follow God's Laws as written. If you can't then your a hypocrite and shouldn't vote t all. I will vote against Amendment 1.

I support the amendment

ADAM AND EVE.......NOT ADAM AND STEVE!!!!!

So...are you going to quote

So...are you going to quote the Old or New Testamant/ You are all over the place...If you want to look at the Old Testament then look to Lot and what happened in Sodom and Gomorah...God destroyed both cities ...why? According to the Scriptures it was due to the homosexual life style practiced by its citizenry....and when the two Angels came to stay with Lot and the men of ther city demanded them so they could have sex with them versus two virgin females this sealed their fate....
In the new Testament show me where Jesus says anything about marriage between any two persons except for they be male and female and they would become one....It is quite clear what GOD says about homosexuality...GOD calls it an abomination....the definition of abomination? An unforgiveable sin int he sight of GOD....

It's Funny

You quote Bible verses outside of the Ten Commandments to make your point, but when others also quote Bible verses outside of the Ten Commandments to make their point, you say they're not part of the commandments and you call them violators of God's laws. Yet they can show you verses in the Bible where God calls homosexual relationships an "abomination", but I notice you didn't include those bible verses in your post. Everyone knows how Webster defines marriage, but Webster isn't God, and God defines it as being between a man and a woman.

When I lay my head down tomorrow night, after I say my prayers, my conscience will be clear...because I WILL BE following God's Laws as written.

The bible verse is 1 Cor

The bible verse is 1 Cor 6:9-10. Alot of people read the bible not everybody like to read the whole bible though, you only want to take bits and pieces out that make you feel better about the way you are living. God is the only one who can judge you, and speaking the truth is not always condemnation, sometimes people take offense because it convicts you. God Bless.

ammendment 1

Oddly, these same type of issues have been faced before., Not always by such a small minority group, but none-the-less faced and defeated. According to the for-ammendment-1 sites the inability of the Democratic party to find unity on this subject is the cause for their decisive victory so far.
How sad to think that a "13%" democratic black vote is one of those contributing slants on the possibility of failure. I remember a time when in this very state the marriage of blacks and whites were illegal. Those unities were not recognized. How sad that so few see discrimination as discrimination unless it effects them only.
Sad that human rights are still only limited to those with the most money, the loudest voices and the self-benefiting. Sad that simply as human beings, Americans under our constitition, that picking and choosing who is valid as human beings is the majority choice.

stirring up trouble

It's pathetic that they even have to make this ammendment in the first place. This whole gay marriage debacle shows the extent to which certian groups in this country will go to attempt to undermine the unity of the nation. The homosexuals don't want to get married, they just want to stir up trouble and be the center of attention so they can feel like martyrs to the horrible US goverment for not giving them their supposed rights. The civil rights movement did the exact same thing. Oh well, I guess ignorance begets ignorance.

stirring up trouble

i hope that i have this wrong civil rights movement main objective was to stir up trouble and because people that we brought over here on ships against there will(ancestors)wanted to be seem as people and groups fought back with boycotts and not fight with hatred.that they are ignorant? ARE YOU SERIOUS????

Actually

Actually, they're mostly in it for the same "benefits" as married couples. Wait until they make insurance costs go up and start applying for Social Services benefits. They will drive everyone's costs up even higher.

I don't understand how...

How do same-sex partnerships actually hurt heterosexual marriage?

The whole premise of the U.S. Constitution, and the need to actually have a government is to ensure that one person's rights end where the next person's rights begin. When two consenting adults of the same sex choose to make a lifetime commitment to each other, what are they taking away from anyone else?

How will anyone's heterosexual marriage be stronger just by making sure that two people of the same sex can't get married?

It's going to pass, but....

....don't think this will "end" anything. I voted against it, but will bet anyone, any sum of money that it will pass.

As the money flowing into this states already shows, that's when it will get nasty. Voting it in is going to put gays and Lesbians into a frenzy and the state will be spending tens of millions defending this when they challenge it in federal court.

The left is going to go bonkers, and if there was more time remaining I'd bet the Socialists would dump Charlotte and move their convention elsewhere.

As much as I think the amendment goes too far in denying other methods of affording equal rights to gays and Lesbians, I can hardly wait to see Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow throwing their hissy fits about North Carolina.

What is this same sex “marriage” all about?

What is this same sex “marriage” all about?

Putting the emotional rhetoric, sound bites and one-line zingers aside, I always ask what is the same sex “marriage” issue all about. Is it really about benefits and the right of survivorship? Is it really about recognition or equality? I really do not think it is about any of the above. The same sex “marriage” is not even a spiritual, Christian or religious matter, even though many of the proponents of traditional marriage are religious. I think it is a much deeper and more serious plot and a very well thought, and patient agenda

I also wonder if the same sex “marriage” activists are willing or unwilling participants of the plot or agenda.

The same sex “marriage” movement is not about benefits or right of survivorship. If that is the case why isn’t the movement lobbying or fighting for those benefits. There are many municipalities, public and private organizations that provide benefits to homosexual couple as to the heterosexual counterparts. And all these benefits can be easily attained without changing what marriage is. The fact is no one cares if same sex couples inherit each other’s possessions or share medical insurance or retirement plans.

The same sex “marriage” movement is not about recognition either, homosexual couples live in peace as their heterosexual counterparts in fact homosexuality has become a celebrity status for many.

It is also not about equality. Equating homosexual marriage to heterosexual marriage is the same as equating apples to oranges or homosexual sex to heterosexual sex. A white person can ask to be called black all they want but that will not make them black. Same sex marriage is not and will not equal traditional marriage any way you look at it.

The same sex “marriage” is not even a Christian or a spiritual matter even though same sex “marriage” advocates are relentlessly attacking Christianity and Christians as narrow minded, backward, intolerant folks for opposing same sex “marriage”. The fact is most religious and cultural beliefs are advocates of traditional marriage.

It is a societal and cultural issue.

First, we need to separate the personal from the corporate, the personal freedom from the societal benefits. On the personal level no one objects to two people living together and enjoying the freedom and benefits we all have. Corporately however, there is a benefit to the culture and to our civilization from stable traditional marriage. There is no benefit to the society from homosexual union whatsoever it only benefit its participants.

Same sex “marriage” activists are part a bigger agenda. This agenda has used political homosexuality as one of its weapons. This bigger plot or agenda has and continues to target the traditional family structure which is the bed rock foundation of any successful, stable, safe civilization. Civilized cultures have always and will continue (maybe not here in America) to protect the traditional marriage because it is the one single factor the will promote, improve, and keeps the culture strong. Strong family structure benefits the entire culture not just the individual family. This protection is not for the benefit one man and one woman as a married couple but rather for the safety and security of the children that will become the next generation.

The modern political homosexual movement traces it roots to an agenda that is more than 100 years old. Most gay activists in the political homosexual movement are “unwilling participant” of this agenda and they are not aware that they are being used by the bigger agenda. They are used to promote an agenda that is not theirs and the successes of this agenda will ultimately contribute to their demise. In fact Nikolai Lenin had a name coined to such groups, look it up. This agenda did not start in the 60’s or 70’s but rather with the founders of communism from the 19th century and their militant followers. See the founders of communism have always known that they can not conquer and destroy America in a war, they knew America is a strong country not because it’s military but rather because of it’s strong fabric, the family, the Judeo- Christian foundation and patriotism. They knew in order to destroy America it has to be done from within and by its own people. The principles, goals and objectives they put in place over a hundred years ago have been slowly but surely infiltrating our culture and now we are reaping the consequences of that agenda.

Among the more than 40 objectives the communists had, were the objectives to destroy the family by promoting pornography, easy divorce, degrading the father’s role in the family and the promotion of homosexuality and other sexual life styles and make them equal to traditional marriage.

It is a big and grave mistake to think that the same sex “marriage” is about equality, recognition and benefits. It is about the destruction of the strong foundation of America. And if they succeed and destroy this foundation, this destruction will create a void that will be filled (in my opinion) by communism or islam either of which is extremely hostile to homosexuality and will be homosexuals biggest nightmare.

So allowing gay marriage in

So allowing gay marriage in America will cause Muslims or Communists (Muslim Communists??)to take over America...okay then, I think I pulled my back reading that cause that is one enormous leap there, but I do think you might have a future in stand-up comedy ;).

Re:

Have you actually taken a look at the amendment and all the fine print that comes with it?

While I have looked at it from both sides and read both the 'for' and 'against' perspective, what turned me to against it was the snowballing effect it will have on any unwed couple (gay/straight) in NC.

I am a married stay at home mom and I personally believe that a person should be able to marry whomever they wish. Yes, I am married to a man and we live in a christian family. I could care less, if my neighbor is a lesbian or a gay that is living with their life partner. What they do on their own time is their business, not mine, so it doesn't effect me. I have my god to answer to and so do they.

What does effect me is what this amendment is trying to sweep under the rug. This isn't just about turning same sex marriages illegal by state constitution, but taking away basic rights as a human being to both heterosexuals and homosexuals.

Have you seen where protective orders of couples both hetero and homosexuals -that just live together- will not be as upheld as those against men and women that are married?

Adoption of a child would be impossible if you were not in a marriage between one man and one woman. This means singles, unwed men and women, etc.

Did you noticed that in North Carolina marriage is still considered between one man and one woman? So technically we do not need a constitutional amendment that states what NC already considers to be the only accepted type of marriage.

We don't need an amendment that is going to take up our tax dollars, if passed, while it is held up in the court systems for years upon year. That money can be funneled into our education system where it is desperately needed. Don't think it will happen... watch. It will and it will be every North Carolinian's tax dollars that foot the bill in Raleigh. I'll be waiting when it happens to say I told you so.

What happened to separation of church and state? That the churches would not impose their thoughts on the government and vice versa? This amendment is doing exactly that; adding church views to the political arena by masking itself as an amendment.

Since when does this have anything to do with communism? It doesn't, so I believe that we can agree to disagree about everything you posted that didn't have a thing to do with this amendment.

So you live in a Christian

So you live in a Christian home but yet you don't care about the amendment to keep marriage between one woman and one man the way God intened it to be??? If this amendment doesn't pass don't you think that the teachings in our society will alter? Kids will be going to school and being taught that lifestyle is ok?? Would you be ok with that?? I personally would not be ok with that. I want my child to be taught the right way what God wants it to be, and yes I'm from an "active" Christian home, who lives by Gods holy laws and commandments. I do agree with you, I will stand before my God just as they will and answer for my sins; but at least if God asked me about this situation and how I handled I can at least say I done unto your law between one man and one woman... what would your answer be? God said he wants you either hot or cold not lukewarm; if you are lukewarm he will spew you out of his mouth!! I think you might want to make up your mind!!!

Who cares what you religions

Who cares what you religions says, Your religion is not the only one out there,Quit acting like it should the one. Beside If you keep what happen in California, Prop 8 is overturned. So there for your vote on this doesn't matter because your taking rights away form a minority which violates the Constitution.

Marriage is only ment for

Marriage is only ment for one man and one woman. Sorry, But that is just how it is. Hopefully it will remain that way. If you don't like it move somewhere else.

AMEN!!!!

AMEN!!!!

Your vote wouldn't matter

Your vote wouldn't matter becuase Have you forgot about Prop 8 federal case. If I goes to USSC it's game over for you. There's no reason to deny marriage rights to gay couple other then the usual circular reasoning arguments.

...and close family members, too!

...apparently, in this state, marriage is "ment" for cousins and brothers and sisters, too. I see ample evidence of inbreeding around these "heah" parts.

That sentence, "...sorry, that's just how it is..." has been used to justify a lot of prejudice, ignorance, and stupidity over the years. Hmmm...slavery, that's just how it is! North Carolinian's and low IQ's...sorry, that's just how it is.

Inbreeding jokes? Really?

Inbreeding jokes? Really? Does it hurt that bad to know that a swing state understands the sanctity of marriage? Well we do, and that doesn't make us stupid. If you dont like traditional marriage or the great state of North Carolina, feel free to go back to New York or California or whatever left wing tourist trap you came from.

If you don't like North

If you don't like North Carolina, move. I am always amazed at how the South is always criticized and laughed at, yet people continue to leave the more "enlightened" states to move there. You never hear of someone retiring and moving "up north" to Connecticut or Jersey.