TV ads coming soon on NC gay marriage amendment

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The campaign over whether to add a ban against same-sex marriage to North Carolina’s constitution is coming to television.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported the coming ads for and against a proposed constitutional amendment is different from most of the nearly 30 states where there has been votes.

Western Carolina University political scientist Roger Hartley says groups in other states opposed to writing hard-to-change amendments into the constitution usually lacked money to run ads.

Hartley says that’s changed as people have become less afraid of supporting gay friends and family and national gay rights groups have built up strength.

The group backing the constitutional change has paid for 17 spots on WLOS-TV in Asheville starting next week during morning and evening news broadcasts.

Credit: The Associated Press.