Perdue steps up rhetoric against marriage amendment

Posted April 12, 2012 2:46 p.m. EDT
Updated April 13, 2012 7:32 a.m. EDT

Gov. Bev Perdue is stepping up her opposition to the marriage amendment question on the May 8 ballot.

This afternoon, she release a web video in which she lays out her reasons and urges people to vote against it.

"The amendment, I believe is dangerous for women," Perdue says in the video. "There is a real risk that some of the laws we have on the books now to protect the victims of domestic violence may no longer apply to many women in this state."

According to Perdue's office, she is scheduled to give a speech in Charlotte Friday at the 2012 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Women's Summit, during which she'll echo some of the themes in this video. 

When Perdue first announced her opposition to the marriage amendment in October, she did so by way of a news release and with little fanfare. It appears she's now ready to take a more high profile position.