He’d rather talk about something else – say, the economy or education. But press Pat McCrory about gay marriage, and the presumptive Republican nominee for governor will say this much – and little more: On May 8, he plans to vote for the proposed N.C. constitutional amendment reaffirming the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
That puts him in line with evangelical Christians and other parts of the GOP’s conservative base, who back the so-called marriage amendment by large margins.
But it sets him apart from some leaders in Charlotte’s business community and from many moderate voters – the very groups that formed McCrory’s base during his many years as mayor of Charlotte. Read more from The Charlotte Observer's Tim Funk.