Two Big Elections Today: NC Takes on Gay Marriage, Wisconsin Chooses Walker Opponent

Two important votes are taking place today in two very different states.

In North Carolina, voters go to the polls, hopefully to vote down an amendment prohibiting gay marriage.

Laura Clawsonhas a good rundown and at the end of her post lists ways you can still help before the polls close:

Same sex marriage is already banned in North Carolina, this amendment would be the cherry on top of discrimination and threaten all domestic partnerships. There would be no more legal unions between unmarried people, gay or straight. It could take health care benefits away from families, it could take away domestic violence protections, hospital visitation rights, and all the very basic protections of civil unions.

Unfortunately, polling suggests that the amendment is likely to pass. Public Policy Polling surveyed the amendment and finds it leading by a 55-39 margin, because many don't understand just how far-reaching the amendment is.

This will be a tough fight for equality.

In Wisconsin, meanwhile, there's a primary between two candidates who hope to Milwaukee's Mayor Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk, a former executive in Dane County, who is more closely tied to the popular movement that began the recall drive. Barett is favored to win. Either way, after today the campaign to unseat Walker will unify the opposition and begin in earnest.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at May 8, 2012, 7:17am

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