North Carolina may take up a constitutional ban against gay marriage on Monday, and the amendment could draw conservative voters to the polls in 2012 in a state President Barack Obama won by a razor-thin margin in 2008.
North Carolina is the only southeastern U.S. state without a same-sex marriage ban in its constitution and Republican lawmakers - in charge of the legislature for the first time in 140 years - are set to debate a constitutional amendment today, the Associated Press reported.
The proposed amendment would give voters in 2012 the option of making North Carolina’s state law defining marriage between a man and a woman a part of the state constitution as well.
Gay marriage could draw out conservatives to vote in a state where Obama won by just 13,000 votes in 2008. And Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue faces a tough re-election bid in 2008, with the state considered a toss-up or leaning Republican in the upcoming election. The state has no U.S. Senate race in 2012.
“There’s no doubt that there would be some advantage in motivating voters for Republican candidates,” Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told the AP.
He added that the state is “polarized” on the issue of gay marriage.
The Democratic National Committee selected Charlotte, N.C., as the site of its 2012 national convention.
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