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Marriage amendment opponents make final push to drive voters to the polls

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RALEIGH—A couple of days before the primary election and the Marriage Amendment continues to create a lot of controversy.

During the Out Raleigh Festival Saturday, amendment opponents asked the crowd in downtown Raleigh to vote against the proposal on May 8. Several same-sex couples in the large crowd at the Out Raleigh Festival had the proposal on their minds.

"We're not going to move to somewhere where it is legal when we live in Raleigh, North Carolina,”
said Madelyn Smith.

Some nonprofits and volunteers took advantage of one final chance to drive voters to the polls.

"I think a lot of people are realizing that this is the most important and critical issue on the ballot this year," director of Equality NC Stuart Campbell

On Election Day, voters will consider whether to vote for or against a constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state...

Some churches who support the amendment said that is the way it is written in the Bible and are encouraging congregations to support the amendment. Opponents argue the Marriage Amendment will prohibits domestic partnerships and civil unions.

If it passes, Simone-Finstrom worries his partner could lose his health insurance.

"So I think that's a huge thing because a lot of big corporations are excepting same-sex couples or domestic partnerships, but they could take that away," he said.

On Saturday, Equality North Carolina urged more than 100 people to head to the polls before early voting wrapped up at 1 p.m.

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