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Amendment arguments heat up as vote looms

Posted April 25, 2012
Updated April 26, 2012

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— North Carolina voters are deciding whether to codify the definition of marriage into the state constitution and advocacy groups on both sides are working to get out the vote. Dueling advertisements are claiming TV time and those in favor and opposed are lining up high-profile endorsements.

On Wednesday, the North Carolina Pediatric Society was the latest group to go on the record with opposition to the Marriage Amendment. "We worry that anything that affects the family, that weakens the family, actually will weaken our children," said Dr. Peter Morris.

Meanwhile, amendment supporters unveiled an endorsement from presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. "There's an effort by radicals at every level to change who we are, to change what America is, to change for our children into a future that I think will be much worse," he says.

Data from television stations in the state's two largest media markets shows amendment opponents outspending amendment backers by almost two to one.

The Coalition to Protect NC Families has spent $462,390 on broadcast ads in Raleigh and Charlotte, according to data television stations are required to disclose.

The coalition spent another $91,000 on statewide cable buys, according to information from Time Warner Cable.

Co-chairman Alex Miller said they plan to spend about $600,000 before election day May 8, and they've raised $1.7 million dollars to date, mostly in small in-state donations. "We're really gratified by the support we've received," she said. "We've seen an upswing lately as folks learn more about the amendment. They stand up and oppose it and make a contribution as they can." pediatricians Money flies in amendment fight

On the pro-amendment side, Vote for Marriage NC has spent $216,915 on ads in the Charlotte and Raleigh markets that began running this week and will run through May 8. The groups spent another $56,500 on statewide cable buys, according to Time Warner Cable.

Rachel Lee, a spokeswoman for the group would not say how much more money the group has in reserve for the closing weeks of the campaign.

"We're gonna raise and spend as much money as it takes to get that message out to our voters, so they stay strong on marriage and aren't persuaded by the falsehoods being propagated from the other side," Lee said.

Early voting is already underway at locations across the state. Election Day is May 8.

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  • beaulahjackson4 Apr 27, 2012

    Shame on you!!!

  • New Creature Apr 27, 2012

    That last comment was referring to a Christian. No need to get upset there
    We don't expect the unbeliever to live by the word of God.

  • New Creature Apr 27, 2012

    I love you no matter how much you hate Jesus or me. Father forgive them for they know not wjat they do. May they come to know you while there is still time.

  • LikeABadPenny Apr 27, 2012

    "Try reaching for the hem of His garment. Then you will understand why christians are against sin."

    Who cares.

    "Because our God is A Holy God."

    No more or less holy than the other gods and goddesses

    "He demands us to be Holy as well."

    Not really, no.

    "Sexual Immorality of any kind is sin against God"

    Again, who cares? Your mythology is irrelevant to a secular discussion.

  • New Creature Apr 27, 2012

    Christ Said "Go and sin no more" After one is made whole through Him first. Try reaching for the hem of His garment. Then you will understand why christians are against sin. Because our God is A Holy God. He demands us to be Holy as well.
    Sexual Immorality of any kind is sin against God.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 27, 2012

    To Amendment Supporters (Sonny66, etc.)

    How long have you been a big government, freedom taker?

    You may *say* that you're not, but your actions show your true colors. Look in the mirror and say it...you're voting for a the Biggest sort of government control there is...a Constitutional Amendment. Nothing is bigger.

    Your Big Gubmint vote is using government to restrict the liberty and freedom of tax paying, consenting adult citizens of The United States. That's anti-freedom. That's big government control.

    And if your side wins, you should give gays an exemption from all taxes, because they are not getting the equal protections that you and I enjoy.

  • beaulahjackson4 Apr 27, 2012

    "Why all the anti-Christian hate? Muslims are even more opposed to homosexuality and gay marriage." - rargos

    Most likely because a lot of postings here that believe the Bible backs up their argument for this amendment seem hate filled, which goes against everything that Christ tried to teach us. Jesus taught love one another, tolerance and acceptance of others. Being gay is not some behavioral fad or choice, if it was in fact then wouldn't it have faded away long ago? The very fact that gay people have the desire to be married, and be in a committed, monogamous relationship should tell others that they want the same freedoms as the rest of America. Civil Rights are not exclusive rights to one group, everyone in this country that is an American citizen should be able to enjoy the same Civil Rights as the rest. Even convicted criminals in prison have Civil Rights, some even get married in prison. Gay people are tax paying Americans like the rest of us. Liberty & Justice for ALL.

  • kjackson47 Apr 27, 2012

    Oh no the world is going to end because gay couples want to get married.

  • Jim Britt Apr 27, 2012

    "Why all the anti-Christian hate? Muslims are even more opposed to homosexuality and gay marriage. Not a whole lot of support for gay marraige among Buddhists and Hindus either." Right-wing straw men.

    I support the amendment because your business is my business and I can't trust god to punish you homosexuals in a manner fitting my prejudice.

  • Lightfoot3 Apr 27, 2012

    "Why all the anti-Christian hate? Muslims are even more opposed to homosexuality and gay marriage." - rargos


    I'm not sure I'd call it hate, but the opposition is going after the proponents, which seems to be the Christians. Haven't seen too many Muslims, Buddhists, or Hindus having anti-gay marriage rallies around here.

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