Conservatives Against Amendment One

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com April 27 2012 3:44 PM ET

National Public Radio takes a look at conservatives who believe North Carolina’s Amendment One, which voters will decide on May 8, is simply a bad idea.

Among them: John Hood, president and chairman of the John Locke Foundation. The conservative think tank, based in the state, describes maintaining “strong families” as one of its core principles. Amendment One runs counter to that, Hood said.

Hood said that while he understands the impulse of social conservatives to constitutionally prohibit same-sex marriage and other forms of relationship recognition, the argument that gays pose a threat to the institution is simply unfounded. Recent polling indicates that an increasing number of citizens agree, with a narrower margin of support for the antigay amendment.

"It seems to me that the real threat to marriage [is] straight people getting divorced or never getting married in the first place," he said.

Read/listen to the NPR report here.