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Equality news round-up: More on anti-gay Amendment 1 in North Carolina

Marriage equality

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

- North Carolina’s Attorney General, Roy Cooper, announced his opposition to Amendment 1 today:

I am writing you today to let you know I am voting against Amendment One in next month’s primary elections on May 8th. I believe it is unclear, unwise and unnecessary. Amending our constitution demands careful deliberation along with precise language – both are missing here. Amendment One’s lack of clarity will also result in a significant amount of litigation on many issues which will be decided by courts for years to come. This should be avoided. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Attorney General and letting me share my thoughts with you about this issue.

Roy Cooper
Attorney General

He becomes another in a growing list of politicians opposing the amendment, from North Carolina’s Governor Bev Perdue to United States Senator from North Carolina Kay Hagan.

- North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue speaks out (again) against Amendment 1 in new video:

- A new ad was released today on Amendment 1, from someone unaffiliated with the Protect ALL NC Families campaign. It’s a very blunt and moving ad: http://youtu.be/QuG8xvFaGwU

- Pam Spaulding has a new ad from supporters of the amendment. It’s a weird ad. Supporters want to enact what they claim the Bible says into state law in the United States. One supporter says that “scripture is clear” on support for the amendment to the state constitution of North Carolina, while another supporter says that laws in Massachusetts and elsewhere stating marriage is between a man and a woman have been overturned by courts, so the state needs an amendment. Of course, the state’s amendment could be overturned by federal courts, so that’s a strange claim. Another supporter says he supports the amendment because “God institutes one man and one woman in the Bible.” I do not know what this means.

- Via Think Progress:

- The Episcopal Church in North Carolina has come out against the discriminatory Amendment One, and the Elon University Student Government Association intends to do the same.

- How would Amendment 1 affect your life?

What you can do to help on Amendment One:Goal Thermometer

1. Contribute to the campaign on ActBlue so they have the resources they need to get our message out.

2. Sign up for a Courageous Conversation about Amendment One with someone you know in NC.

3. Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

4. Download social media tools and yard signs to show your opposition to Amendment 1.

5. Volunteer to Call for Equality – a GOTV phone banking effort against Amendment 1.

7 Comments

  • 1. Sagesse  |  April 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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  • 2. Seth from Maryland  |  April 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Colorado Senate passes civil Unions
    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/04/25/471259/c

  • 3. Str8Grandmother  |  April 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    [youtube QuG8xvFaGwU&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuG8xvFaGwU&feature=youtu.be youtube]

  • 4. Str8Grandmother  |  April 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    This is a really great commercial that Scottie linked to in his article. I felt that it should have been embedded in the article so I was able to give a hand and embed it here.

    It is a really powerful commercial, really powerful, professionally done.

  • 5. Str8Grandmother  |  April 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks! I would like to know the number of votes though.
    Guess I'll try and find that to share.

  • 6. Mtn bill  |  April 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    This was the second reading–the final passage will be the third reading, likely thurs 4/27. The bill faces a rougher reception in the Colorado House (where a similar bill failed last year). The article I read did not give the vote, except to say passage was bipartisan.

  • 7. Prop 8 Trial Tracker &raq&hellip  |  April 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

    [...] Governor Perdue released a new video, coming back to this same theme. The video features footage from a speech she made at a [...]

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