North Carolina Is About To Deliver A Huge Setback To The Gay Rights Movement

North Carolina gay marriageA 12-year-old girl holds a sign supporting the bill that would ban gay marriage in North Carolina.

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If the latest polls on Amendment 1 are any indication, its passage won’t be close. North Carolina is about to pass a ban on both gay marriages and civil unions. And that’s despite voters not really fully understanding the bill.There are major implications to come here, if early polls hold and the amendment does indeed pass. The civil implications: North Carolina would become the 32nd state to bar gay unions. Despite a Gallup poll today that found more people — and an even half — of America supports the legalization of gay marriage, it could provide more evidence that some states are still not ready to support.

It could also have political implications, especially for Barack Obama, in the upcoming 2012 election. Same-sex marriage has again become a topic of discussion after Joe Biden’s comments the other day that signaled a shift in the administration’s official position

Oh and also, a reminder: The Democratic National Convention this year? It’s in Charlotte. Could get a little awkward. 

We’ll have much more tonight on the results, reaction and implications from Amendment 1. 

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