Amendment backers criticize "false claims"

Posted April 27, 2012 4:39 p.m. EDT
Updated April 27, 2012 4:40 p.m. EDT

— Vote for Marriage, the group backing the constitutional amendment on the May 8 ballot, has a new television ad up criticizing the arguments made by opponents.

"Opponents of the marriage protection amendment are trying to scare voters with false claims," the ad says. 

It then goes on the cite "independent experts" who have said concerns about domestic violence protections and health care are unfounded. 

Those experts were the three Campbell law school professors who wrote a white paper refuting concerns raised by a group of UNC law professors.

It's worth noting that marriage opponents have been attacking the credentials of the group from Campbell -- saying they're not family law experts -- and touting a statement by a statewide group of family law professors that reinforces concerns about the amendment. in the UNC paper.

Also new on the amendment today, the Coalition to Protect All NC Families, which opposes the amendment, released a video with Greensboro lawyer Marshall Hurley detailing his opposition to the amendment.

Hurley is well known in GOP circles. He has served as legal council to the party and has been a player in some high profile, politically centered lawsuits.  

"This was done in haste," he says. "This was not done with the proper deliberative process that gives us confidence in what we're doing."