NC Marriage Amendment On Ballot In May
Dems Worried It Will Pass
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Some lawmakers argue that the proposed amendment will hurt employment in the state. Rep. Larry Hall said, "Instead of creating an environment where we can create employment, attract entrepreneurs (and) attract talent, we're going to try to put a sign up to say, 'You are not welcome if you want to contribute to our society.” (SOURCE).
A handful of the mainline Christian denominations in North Carolina are opposing the amendment. And President Obama has voiced his dislike of the bill. No surprise there.
Now, here’s the problem for democrats in North Carolina May 8th. The problem, at first glance, may not register with you, but stay with me.
North Carolina’s black voters are expected to turn out, in droves, to vote for Obama in November. But -- the Democratic Party desperately needs them to turn out for the May primary, as well. If the “get out the vote” drive in the black community is successful, then it could very well result in passage of the Marriage Amendment.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting: Black voters in North Carolina, by and large, do not support same-sex marriage. Blacks attend church in North Carolina, and like many of their white brothers and sisters who also attend church; they believe the teachings of the scriptures from which their pastors preach on Sundays.
As uncomfortable as it may be for some, the scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, speak out loud and long -- and as clear as crystal -- that homosexuality is a sin. Conservative Christians, both black and white, in North Carolina believe that. It is an integral part of their faith, their religion.
Public Policy Polling, which is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, released the results of a survey on Thursday March 29th in which they found there is, indeed, strong support for the proposed amendment to the North Carolina constitution.
P.P.P. surveyed 1,191 North Carolinians who stated they were likely to vote in the May 8th Primary. The Marriage Amendment proposal will be on the primary ballot as a statewide referendum.
P.P.P. found that 58% of those polled said they would vote in favor of the amendment. Only 38% told them they opposed the amendment.
Breaking the survey down a bit wore we find that roughly 76% of Republicans surveyed said they support the amendment while 48% of Democrats (who were surveyed) also support the amendment -- and -- 47% of Democrats, in the same survey, oppose the amendment.
But here is the part of the survey that has NC Democrats concerned: The survey found that among black voters 61% are in favor of the amendment while only 30% oppose it.
You can now see how the heavy black voter turnout in May is more than a little worrisome for those who oppose the Marriage Amendment in North Carolina. It is a something of a conundrum for the folks on the political left.
The supporters of same-sex marriage, in order to convince blacks to vote against the measure, have mounted a campaign to convince NC voters that denying same-sex marriages is “discrimination.” They’re claiming it is a civil rights issue. A portion of NC black folk will have none of it. In fact, they resent it. Frankly, it also riles the white folk in Tar Heel country, too. Also, it deeply irritates white Tar Heel voters when those opposing the Marriage Amendment accuse them of hate.
In my opinion, the measure will be passed and the NC Constitution will be amended – because the people of North Carolina believe it is the right thing to do.
J. D. Longstreet