An Associated Press report filed late today outlines the state of marriage equality after New York’s extension of equality to same-sex couples this weekend.
Two states, Minnesota and North Carolina, are primed to become the focus areas for campaigns to limit LGBT couples’ rights through state constitutional amendments banning marriage.
Alex Miller, Equality North Carolina’s newly-appointed interim executive director, spoke briefly with the AP:
Another marriage battleground next year could be North Carolina. It is the only Southeastern state that hasn’t yet approved an amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman, but the GOP-controlled Legislature may try to put such a provision on the 2012 ballot.
Republicans would need help from a few conservative Democrats to advance the measure, and would also have to keep moderate Republicans in line.
Foes of gay marriage cite surveys indicating that more than 70 percent of North Carolinians support the amendment. However, an Elon University poll in February showed more than half of the state’s residents favor some form of legal recognition of same-sex couples.
“Numbers have borne out that attitudes on this issue are changing, particularly among independents,” said Alex Miller of the gay-rights group Equality North Carolina.
The Minnesota legislature passed an anti-LGBT constitutional amendment in late May. There, LGBT advocacy groups both local and national have already begun holding brainstorming and strategy-planning sessions for the campaign that will soon engulf that state.
North Carolina’s proposed amendments, including a harshly-worded version in the state Senate, were not heard by legislators during their normal session, which ended earlier this month. The amendment might be brought up in a September special session on a full slate of constitutional amendment proposals.
more: Keep up with news on the state legislature and the proposed anti-LGBT constitutional amendment at our Legislative Watch: goqnotes.com/in/ncga/