Understanding Amendment One: N.C. is better than this

Update: Well, that didn’t go quite the way I thought.

I’m trying to wrap my head around the polling that says that so many likely North Carolina voters — 46% — don’t fully understand the so-called marriage amendment. I get that uninformed people go to the polls and vote. (How is anyone really supposed to know which judgeship candidate to vote for? Or the Council of State positions?) I also get that misinformed people vote. Happens in every election.

What puzzles me is how they can not understand that the marriage amendment is not an up or down vote on gay marriage.

53% of voters in the state support either gay marriage or civil unions, yet a majority also support the amendment that would ban both. The reason for that disconnect is even with just 24 hours until election day only 46% of voters realize the proposal bans both gay marriage and civil unions. Those informed voters oppose the amendment by a 61-37 margin but there may not be enough time left to get the rest of the electorate up to speed.

Now, I know that sowing confusion was purposeful in how the amendment was written. The wording is broad and full of misdirection. The Republican representative who championed the amendment through the House as much as admitted it to the Fayetteville Observer on Sunday. “(Rep. Paul) Stam, the Raleigh lawmaker, said he wanted a more narrowly worded amendment but was ‘overruled’ by ‘national experts’ he identified as the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal advocacy group.” (That story buried the lede, if you ask me.)

Still, with all the publicity of the last week, I am befuddled by the polling that suggests tens of thousands of people don’t understand what it means. Newspapers across the state — country, actually — have written endlessly about it. TV stations have run report after report. Facebook and Twitter has been lit up over the past few days.

I know that readership of newspapers is down, and viewership of TV news isn’t great. But is this a case of people getting all their information from friends and acquaintances, information that is incomplete or wrong? Is that what is going to decide an amendment to the state Constitution? Say it ain’t so. North Carolina is better than this.

For the record, I think the amendment has a decent chance of going down…and I’m betting it will be closer than the 14-18-point range by which the polls predict it will pass. Perhaps that is my heart talking rather than my head, but I think people are learning what the amendment really means and I think the energized anti-turnout may well turn the tide.

2 thoughts on “Understanding Amendment One: N.C. is better than this

  1. My “facebook friend” in Locust NC just posted this take on things – which had me shaking my head in disbelief:

    Amendment One: Another definite roadblock to Sharia Law. Sharia Law allows men to have more than one wife, among many other vile things. I personally could care less what your sexual orientation is. That’s between you, your partner, and God. Yes, I said God. We’re NOT the ultimate judge, He is.

    However, Sharia Law I do care about. The Islamist’s agenda is in full swing in this country and this is just one more block to their ability to implement Sharia Law anywhere in North Carolina. Personally, I would love to see it a Class A felony to try to usurp the Constitution. I consider myself a patriot before I do a citizen, because without patriots, there would be no citizens, there would only be subjects. Do you not believe that Islamists can set up neighborhoods and practice Sharia Law in the United States? Check out Dearborn, Michigan. Then come back and tell me that this is not possible. Some of you will be surprised.

    This amendment only limits MARRIAGE to one man and one woman. It allows for civil contracts between anyone (power of attorney for those who are scared of losing rights to make life decisions), does NOT affect the domestic violence laws in ANY WAY, and only deals with the definition of MARRIAGE. Unfortunately, with all the “political correctness” rampant in our corrupt world, we HAVE to have a finite definition of what marriage is. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is what Amendment One does. That’s all. Nothing else. No domestic violence issues, no end of life issues, no interference with old people’s pensions, nothing other than what it says. It still amazes me that some people get their panties in a knot and fire up the propaganda machine when conservatives try to stand up and say what they believe.

    Oh well, folks, vote for what your heart tells you, not what I tell you or anyone else tells you. You are the one who will have to live with the consequences of your individual decision and you’ll be the one who has to answer to God in the end. I will have to answer for what I’ve done. I normally choose what’s within my own heart because I try my very best to allow God full access to it. Regardless of what you vote for, may God bless you and your family and may God bless America!

    Islam is NOT a religion. For those who actually think that it is, please do some research. Islam is a total way of life. It just happens to include the Muslim faith. Sharia law is the very foundation of Islam. Sharia law is in direct conflict with the United States Constitution. So, the separation of Church and State is still there because this amendment proposal is nothing more than a direct definition of what marriage is. I know, a lot of Christian conservatives have come out with religious reasons to vote for this. I also know that a lot of liberals have fired up their own propaganda machines and just told blatant lies about what will happen if this amendment is passed. If you take the religious aspects out, if you take the scare tactics out, it is only a definition of what marriage actually is. People live together all the time with no intention of getting married. This applies equally to gay and straight people. For those people, nothing will change. For the people who are already married or are planning to get married, nothing will change. But, it will drive a new wedge that will be MUCH more difficult for the sleeper cell Islamists to overcome as they continue to implement their agenda of taking over America, and doing it “by our own hands”. Unfortunately, very few people know or understand what exactly is going on with Islam in America, or what Islam actually is. For those who do know, they will get the meaning of this entire post. Education is the key to all of this. Fanaticism and rhetoric are the tools used to scare people to one side or the other. Learn the facts about what Islam is, what Islamic laws require, how they plan to accomplish their ultimate goals, and you may just have a different view of things. Fear is not necessary. Vigilance is, however.

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