Bil Browning

NC & MN Voters Oppose Marriage Amendments

Filed By Bil Browning | September 07, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: constitutional amendment, gay marriage, marriage equality, Minnesota, MN, NC, North Carolina, same-sex marriage

Joe.My.God. tips us to the results of a poll taken at the Minnesota State Fair by the state House of Representatives about current issues facing voters. One of the questions asked about the state's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. The results may shock you.


Yes, that's right. 66.5% of attendees oppose the marriage amendment and only 29.8% support it. State fairs are also not known as the bastion of the well educated and liberal voters either...

North Carolina voters are also sending a clear message that they'd prefer their legislators get about things like fixing the economy and restoring the state's infrastructure. New polling out of the state by a non-partisan service shows that 56% of residents oppose the state's proposed constitutional amendment.

While Indiana passed a marriage amendment this year, a first step toward sending the proposed constitutional amendment to the voters, polling in the Hoosier state also shows that more citizens oppose the amendment than support it. A vote on the proposed North Carolina amendment is expected next week.

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I'll admit that it's great news but... we all know that polls don't necessarily mean squat when it comes to predicting actual voter behavior. When push comes to shove, you'll see the ads filled with disinformation, innuendo and hate, churches and religious 'leaders' thumping that poor, much-abused bible, and every other tactic designed to 'get the base riled up' to approve the amendments.

Meanwhile, it's probably even money that 1) opponents of marriage amendments won't be able to even decide on a coherent plan or message to combat the other side and 2)they will fail miserably to get people interested in showing up to vote against it, much less inspire people to work on the campaign.

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | September 7, 2011 6:16 PM

That's encouraging news, although I agree with Mike concerning caution about polling results, etc. If the Indiana General Assembly re-passes a similar measure (HJR-6 banning same-sex marriage, civil unions, and anything "substantantially similar" to marriage, whatever the f..... that means)in 2013, it would be on the ballot in November 2014. What will attitudes be then? I'm more optimistic about defeating it at that point than I once was, but ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUNG FOLKS IN HOOSIERLAND NEED TO GET OFF THEIR BUTTS, REGISTER AND VOTE. After all, it's ultimately more about them than it is about us more seasoned people.