Same-Sex Marriage: North Carolina, President Obama and Voters

Same-Sex Marriage: North Carolina, President Obama and Voters

National polls show growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage. Voters in North Carolina are the latest to weigh in. Politics and the definition of marriage.

North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Turnout was moderate but a half-million people had cast early ballots. Ahead of the vote, both sides waged intensive lobbying efforts. Former President Bill Clinton came out against the measure. The Rev. Billy Graham supported it. North Carolina is now the 30th state to approve putting a ban on same-sex marriage in their state constitution. But polls show a growing number of Americans support same-sex marriage. Support is higher among younger people. Publicly, President Obama has remained on the fence. Diane and her guests talk about the politics of defining the term "marriage."


Brian Brown

president, National Organization for Marriage; executive committee member, Vote for Marriage North Carolina.

Michael Cole-Schwartz

communications director, Human Rights Campaign.

Michael Dimock

associate director, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Maggie Gallagher

president, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy; editor,; head of the Culture War Victory Fund; author of the forthcoming book "Debating Same-sex Marriage."

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