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Poll Shows Growing Support for Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Six out of ten North Carolinians would oppose an amendment to the state constitution to prevent any same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships, or civil unions. That’s according to a poll last week out of Elon University.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that voters will have their say on the amendment when they head to the polls for the May primary.

The poll also found that 32 percent of state residents would support the amendment.

John Robinson is the director of communications for the Elon University Poll. He says these results reflect a national trend and that opposition to any type of legal recognition for same-sex couples has been on the decline for a year while support for full marriage rights has been increasing.

The poll surveyed more than 500 residents and 38 percent of those respondents say they support same-sex marriage while 29 percent support civil unions or partnerships but not full marriage rights. 

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After growing up in Woodbridge, Virginia, Michelle attended Virginia Tech before moving to Wilmington to complete her Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her reporting and nonfiction writing have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, within the pages of Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter. Before moving to Wilmington, Michelle served as the general manager for WUVT, a community radio station in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband Scott and their pups, Katie, Cooper, and Mosey.