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Posted May 4, 2012

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— With North Carolina's controversial marriage amendment driving people to the polls, the early voting period – which ends Saturday at 1 p.m. – has been especially busy. 

As of Thursday morning, about 300,000 people had turned out to vote ahead of next week's long-awaited primary. With one-stop early-voting sites open much of the day Friday and the first half of the day Saturday, those numbers are expected to keep climbing. Voting NC voter resources

The passionate pleas to get people to the polls will continue at rallies around the area this weekend, as people on both sides of the amendment debate urge others to cast a vote Tuesday. 

In Wilson on Friday, a group against the proposed amendment will rally at the Wilson County Courthouse. On Saturday, more than 10,000 supporters of gay marriage were expected to rally in downtown Raleigh. Another group against the amendment will hold a block party Sunday at The Pinhook in downtown Durham. 

The amendment on the ballot reads, "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state."

But there's a second sentence to it that is not on the ballot that would also be added to the constitution if the amendment passes: "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 amendment would ban same-sex marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships for unmarried couples, straight or gay. It could only be changed by another constitutional amendment..

Senate passes Voter ID bill Busy early voting period ends Saturday

Twenty-eight other states have approved constitutional bans on same-sex marriage, but the bans are not all the same. Some only address marriage, while others go further. No other state has enacted the exact language of North Carolina's amendment.

An exclusive WRAL News poll asked more than 1,100 registered voters if they would vote for or against the constitutional amendment, and about 57 percent of people who responded said they would vote for the amendment. Thirty-seven percent said they would vote against it, and 6 percent of voters said they were undecided.

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  • ncouterbanks69 May 4, 2012

    Fair play to you...I guess. You've got to admit though that many people DO use the bible and those passages as their rationale for hatred. And its ridiculously hypocritical.

    Without question. That is the part of religion that keeps me away and open to other views.

  • ncouterbanks69 May 4, 2012

    Just more proof of your blatant hypocrisy. You are more than willing to vote away other's rights, but how dare anyone take yours away. Get used to it. This is the door you people are opening. It's called tyranny of them majority. You will not be happy if you find yourself in the minority one day.

    We will see what the majority is in a few days. Hint: you are not in it.

  • nighttrain2010 May 4, 2012

    >>The churches of today are doing just this to homosexual people--laying heavy burdens and not being willing to move them. Vote against Amendment One. - lettered olive

    So once it's condoned by the secular world you can 'fix' it in the churches? You know there's a lot of things I don't do because I consider them to be sinful. I choose to associate (freedom of association) with those that believe as I do. Are we perfect? No. Do we sin? Yes. But we ask forgiveness and repent from that sin. What you seem to be advocating is that the churches must be forced to accept gays and lesbians in the pews and condone what we believe to be a sin. So much for Freedom of Association?

    Two weeks ago, the only reason I was going to vote in the primaries was to cast a vote for Dr. Paul. I was going to leave this whole issue blank as it didn't effect me. But after the rhetoric I have seen here and elsewhere in the past few weeks you couldn't STOP me from voting yes on the ballot.

  • TheBigLC May 4, 2012

    lettered olive, he was talking about the leaders of the Jewish faith, not the state making a law. I do not hate homosexuals, but I do not and will not acknowl;edge it as an " alternative lifestyle" no matter how many names you call me. Apparently anyone who doesn't agree with you is wrong, talk about judgmental.

  • TheBigLC May 4, 2012

    Roy, I love them still but I will not condone their behavior. just like when they were young and did something wrong. I still loved them but did not accept the behavior. Still don't get it? Do you have children? When they did something wrong like stealing or using foul language did you just do nothing or did you correct them. It doesn't mean you don't love a child because you discipline them.

  • Ivory Lynn May 4, 2012

    Frankly it is NO ONES business what other people choose to do in their own homes. If you don't like gay/lesbian people you have an issue with predjudice. I always love it when people push Bible verses in their WORLDLY opinions. You don't have to approve of what someone else chooses for their own life, live yours and leave your judgements out of it. Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ and God and I know that it says in the Bible about Man and Woman. I chose to let them deal with their own choices whether I feel/believe they are right or wrong.

  • TheBigLC May 4, 2012

    Johnnymcronny, so anyone that has a different point of view and opinion than yours is wrong and full of hate? Sheesh talk about prejudice.

    Bigal, complete your last quote properly, Judge not lest ye be judged BY THE SAME MEASURE". I a married to a female. Judge away.

  • Roy G Biv May 4, 2012

    nocommonsense

    So what happens when one of your children wants to date or marry a person of the same sex?

  • lettered olive May 4, 2012

    Here is a Bible verse for you Pro-Amendment people--Jesus says in Matthew 23 verse 4, 13: "They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them." “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to." The churches of today are doing just this to homosexual people--laying heavy burdens and not being willing to move them. Vote against Amendment One.

  • dont care May 4, 2012

    People with your attitude are why there's so much hatred in this world.

    JohnnyMcRonny
    just trying to help you people out!

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