Elon poll: 6 of 10 oppose amendment to ban same-sex marriages, civil unions
ELON — Six out of 10 North Carolinians oppose amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships or civil unions, according to the results of an Elon University Poll released today.
Thirty-two percent of people would support one.
Other findings from the poll:
• 38 percent of respondents say they support full marriage rights for same sex couples. That’s up from 36 percent in February and 33 percent in November.
• 29 percent of respondents oppose any legal recognition for same sex couples. That’s down from 32 percent in February and 35 percent in November.
• Support for civil unions or partnerships for same-sex couples, but not full marriage rights, was at 29 percent. That’s point higher than in February 2012.
The poll comes about a month before May 8, when North Carolina voters will consider this amendment to the state constitution: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”
The poll was conducted March 26-29. It surveyed 534 North Carolina residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.24 percentage points. The polls includes all residents, not just those eligible or likely to vote.
I’m not going to complain about support for equality taking this long, because I’d rather it take a long time than never get here at all. Slow and steady wins the race, remember.
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