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North Carolina voters approve Amendment One

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Seth Adam
Senior Manager of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8018
adam@glaad.org

May 8, 2012

New York, NY, May 8, 2012 - GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today responded to North Carolina’s disappointing passage of Amendment One, which will change the state’s constitution to recognize only married straight couples; bans civil unions; and eliminates health care, prescription drug coverage and other benefits for public employees and children receiving domestic partner benefits.

Recent polls found that 60% of North Carolina voters were unaware of the full reach of the referendum. Found Public Policy Polling: “If all voters were informed of [the amendment’s] consequences, the amendment would fail by a 38-46 margin…” Full data is available here: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/05/amendment-one-still-up-14-points-in-nc.html

“North Carolinians voted to write discrimination into their constitution largely because the media didn't do its job," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "North Carolina's media failed to educate its audience about the potential far-reaching consequences of this amendment, and as a result, polls show as many as 60% of voters didn't know the extent of what they were voting on.”

He continued, “While today’s vote is devastating to those families who will lose vital protections, we are encouraged by a steady rise in support for equality across the country.”

A new Gallup poll released today finds that for the second time in the organization’s history, half of Americans support marriage equality.