Haven’t heard it called that? If opponents of the amendment were smart, that’s what you’d be hearing all the time. North Carolinians do not necessarily support gay marriage, but they do support allowing at least some legal recognition by a wide margin. Yet, the proposed amendment quite clearly bans any legal recognition: “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” The chart below is from a recent Elon poll that shows shrinking support for the no legal recognition position:
Thus, only about a third support the actual position of the amendment, but it very well may pass because people clearly see it as “the gay marriage amendment.” The opponents clearly need to make that change. The Elon poll actually found that a majority of NC residents opposed the amendment, but that is very likely a very different population than NC voters on the May primary day. John Robinson brings up the same argument I’ve long been making– we should expect to see younger voters (the group with the strongest support for gay rights) to be under-represented in the election. I’ve always felt that if you could tell me the percentage of the electorate that is young vs. older voters you could pretty much know the outcome of this issue. So, the two part challenge for opponents of the amendment is 1) framing this as the anti civil union amendment that it actually is; and 2) getting younger voters to the polls.