Perdue opposes marriage amendment in video

lbonner@newsobserver.comApril 12, 2012 

Gov. Bev Perdue released a video on Thursday outlining her opposition to a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. (Read more below.)

The video constitutes Perdue’s most detailed comments to date about the amendment. She says in the video that it will strip away domestic partner benefits, harm children of unmarried parents who receive medical benefits and endanger some women who may no longer be covered by domestic violence laws.

Perdue’s comments come as the campaigns for and against the amendment intensify.

“Writing discrimination into North Carolina’s constitution is just plain wrong,” she said. Perdue, who is not running for re-election, plans to touch on some of these same points in a speech she’s scheduled to give Friday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Women’s Summit.

Perdue had until now said little publicly about the amendment. Her last widely publicized comments came in a written statement in October after legislators voted to put the question on the May 8 primary ballot. Perdue said then that she would vote against the amendment because it would harm the business climate. Her moves this week may signal an interest in becoming more vocal.

A spokeswoman for the campaign supporting the amendment, Vote For Marriage NC, said they would not comment on Perdue’s stance.

Francis De Luca, president of the conservative Civitas Institute, doesn’t see Perdue’s opposition swaying many voters. Polls by his organization and the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling show significant majority support for the amendment.

The numbers barely budged after President Barack Obama announced his opposition in mid-March, De Luca said, and Obama is more popular in the state than Perdue.

“It’s not going to have a huge impact,” De Luca said.

The campaign opposing the amendment, Protect all N.C. Families, worked with Perdue on the video, said campaign manager Jeremy Kennedy. She is an example of people across the political spectrum announcing their reasons for voting against the amendment, he said.

“The Governor is adding her voice to the wide-reaching voice of opposition,” Kennedy said.

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