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Analysts: Perdue Decision Could Affect Marriage Amendment

January 27, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Beverly Perdue's decision not to seek re-election this year has folks on both sides of the aisle considering how a gubernatorial race will shape up and shake up the state.

A contested race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination would add a Democratic primary to the May 8 ballot, and some - including Jeremy Kennedy, campaign coordinator for the Coalition to Protect All NC Families - say that's good news for opponents of the Marriage Amendment.

"We know that progressive voters who would turn out in a democratic primary by in large tend to be with us on this issue, but I'll temper that by saying there's still a lot of work to be done."

Opponents of the Marriage Amendment are pushing forward with a "Race for the Ballot" campaign. The statewide effort begins today in Cullowhee. Volunteers will embark on a 322-mile run across the state with a goal of having 1 million conversations about the amendment with voters.

If the amendment were to pass, says Jen Jones, "Race for the Ballot" campaign coordinator, it would prompt changes in domestic-violence protection, domestic-partner health benefits and child-custody issues.

"The amendment has nothing to do with beliefs about marriage equality. In fact, it has nothing to do with marriage at all. It's actually about discrimination."

The "Race for the Ballot" campaign is expected to last four weeks and travel across the state. During that period, Jones and other volunteers will spend time talking with North Carolina voters about the implications of the amendment. Their efforts will be documented by a film crew and shared on their website, racefortheballot.com, which has a complete list of all stops on her campaign.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC