Fighting at the ballot box for the right to marry

Monica Corsaro, the Methodist minister who counseled them and performed their ceremony, believes that the Bible can be interpreted to approve same-sex marriage.

"It's in text after text, we have stories of inclusivity, over and over again, not exclusivity," said Corsaro.

But other religious Americans see it differently, including Jim and Pat Ramseth, Catholics who are working to block same-sex marriage in Washington.

Jim Ramseth argues that two-gender marriage is the law of Nature.

"I believe myself that they can be together and love each other, but I don't believe that they should take on the word of marriage," said Pat Ramseth. "Marriage is something that was a God-given gift to us as man and woman."

In fact, churches were a big factor in the most recent test of the public will on same-sex marriage in North Carolina, where just this past May voters passed a state constitutional amendment that not only blocks same-sex marriage but also prohibits civil unions.

Supporters of the amendment, like Rev. Mark Harris of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, were thrilled.

"Sixty-one-plus percent of the votes, which to be honest with you, we felt somewhat surprised by that overwhelming support," said Rev. Harris.

But gay North Carolinians - like Bob Page, who owns Replacements, a vintage china and silver business and who's raised two children with his partner of 22 years, Dale Frederiksen - have not gotten over the vote.

"It was very hurtful," said Page, "'cause our boys were asking, you know, 'Well, why would people want to deny our family rights?' So it made our family feel like we were less than other families."

In fact, the question of public support can be tricky.

The latest national CBS News/New York Times poll (taken July 11-16, 2012) shows a slight edge for approval: 46 percent for, 44 percent against, and 10 percent don't know.

And Washington United for Marriage, which is running the campaign in favor of same-sex marriage in the state, says they're ahead in polls, too.

Plus, they've out-raised the other side, $6 million to just $438,000, with support from a list of major state businesses, like Microsoft and Amazon.

Still, director Zach Silk is aware of a hard truth.

"The opposition says the polls frequently show that people say, 'Yes, we accept same-sex marriage,' but then when they get into the voting booth, they won't vote for it," said Braver.

"Yeah, I think there is some truth to the fact that polling can be misleading on this," Silk said. "On the other hand, we've seen something changing. Popular culture is having conversations about this. The President of the United States has come out in support of it."

But Joseph Backholm says his side, which seeks to block same-sex marriage, is not worried about losing.

"We don't have a Plan B," he told Braver. "You win now. This is a game when you don't make contingency plans when you expect to win."

And think about this: In every state where it's been put to a vote, same-sex marriage has not been allowed.

Where it is legal, it's because legislatures or courts have granted gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

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