Marriage amendment gaining most attention heading into May primary
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RALEIGH -- One by one, more than a hundred pastors voiced their support for the marriage amendment at a rally in Raleigh.
“When we stand for marriage we stand for the god of the bible we stand for man going on forever in this world.. until God comes back,” said Pastor Wil Nichols.
At the same time, pastors were also standing shoulder to shoulder in Charlotte asking voters to vote yes to this proposal.
“It is the principle that marriage is a standard that was designed by God,” said Past Mark Harris.
But the voices were also loud on the other side of this issue, where opponents to the proposal continued their chorus of concerns.
“That's the biggest problem I had with it,” says Jacob Tobia, a Duke University student who walked from Greensboro to Raleigh to show opposition of the amendment. “It is fundamentally about discrimination and its about inequality. Neither of those things belong in our state constitution North Carolina is better than that.”
Some big names have lent their voice to the cause.
Former President Bill Clinton is part of robo-call campaign from the Coalition to Protect all NC Families warning that he believes the amendment could cost North Carolina jobs.
All this attention on the amendment is not going unnoticed by the public.
“I think it is pretty clear that the marriage amendment is a big driver of turnout at this point,” said Jonathan Kappler with NC Free Enterprise Foundation.
Kappler said the fact that a record number of voters went to the polls during the state's early voting period can be credited to major campaigns by the pro- and anti-amendment folks.
“You have seen really strong Republican areas of the state have high turnout for an early voting period,” he said. “You have also seen precincts in very urban, very progressive areas of the state turn out in big numbers in the early voting period as well.”