North Carolina voters will take to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Amendment One, which would constitutionally ban any legal relationship recognition other than heterosexual marriage. The Tar Heel State will be the last state in Dixie to decide on banning marriage equality in its constitution — all other states in the conservative area overwhelmingly passed prohibitions in the last decade. To get a handle on how things may go down May 8 and see what kind of odds LGBT activists are up against in North Carolina, we've compiled the margins by which each Southern state banned same-sex marriage; view them on the following pages.
The coalition working to defeat a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina released two new ads focused on the unintended consequences of the measure for domestic violence victims as the campaign nears its final week.
Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, who is retiring after this term in office, said President Barack Obama has been performing well on gay rights issues, but takes umbrage with the president's lack of support for marriage equality.