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March Against Amendment 1: Activists plan to gather at the N.C. State Memorial Belltower at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, to march to the Capitol and Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh. The march is sponsored by Ides of Love. [More info here]

Vote Against Project: A statewide photo shoot of folks opposing the amendment comes to Raleigh Thursday, March 15, from 4–8 p.m. at Workplace Options at 3020 Highwoods Blvd. Participation is free. Shirts are $20. More info at voteagainst.org.

Talking About Amendment 1: Dian Killian of the International Center for Nonviolent Communication will teach attendees skills to persuade others to vote for equality at a workshop sponsored by Protect All NC Families and the United Church of Chapel Hill. The event runs 1–6 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Requested contribution is $65. Register here.

Party for Love and Justice & the Fight Against Amendment 1: Rep. Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford, the only openly gay member of the Legislature, is the honored guest at a fundraiser hosted by Steve Schewel and Lao Rubert from 4–6 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at 2101 W. Club Blvd. Donations will go to The Coalition to Protect NC Families and the People's Alliance PAC. (Disclosure: Schewel is president and founder of Carolina Publications, which owns the Indy.)

Faith and the Marriage Amendment: The Tuesday evening lecture series at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ at 3011 Academy Road in Durham continues this week with a panel of people directly affected by Amendment 1. The event runs from 6:30–8:30 p.m. March 20.

Should Government Sanction Gay Marriage?: Jonathan Rauch, contributing editor at the National Journal and The Atlantic offers his viewpoint at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, at a N.C. State School of Public and International Affairs lecture at 232 Withers Hall.

Who's against?

Lieutenant governor candidate Linda Coleman is anti-Amendment 1 and pro-civil unions. Coleman, one of two Democrats running for the gig and the current state personnel director in the Perdue administration, told reporters during a conference call, "We need to change the law to allow people to live together."

The Chapel Hill Town Council voted unanimously to oppose Amendment 1. The council had already passed a resolution opposing the marriage amendment being put on the ballot.

Cathy Bessant, a Bank of America executive, laid out her opposition this week in a video released by the Coalition to Protect NC Families. "Amendment 1 is a direct challenge to our ability to compete nationally for jobs and economic growth. Large corporations hate this kind of controversy," she said. Bessant warns of a "disastrous effect" if the amendment is passed and says it would signal "that we are a backward-looking economy."

What else?

The latest nonpartisan Elon University Poll released Friday showed 54 percent of North Carolinians surveyed oppose the amendment while 38 percent support it. "The more people learn about this poorly written amendment and its unintended consequences, the more they realize it will harm our children, their families, unmarried women and seniors," said Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for the Coalition to Protect NC Families.

Earlier this month, a poll conducted by a New Jersey firm at the behest of the conservative John W. Pope Civitas Institute showed 64 percent of voters supporting the amendment and 36 percent opposed.

They can't both be right. We'll see May 8.

Correction (March 14, 2012): In the print version of this article, the Talking About Amendment 1 event was incorrectly listed as Sunday, March 20; it is Sunday, March 18.

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