April 30, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
Today the new TV ad from Protect ALL NC Families, the campaign to defeat the anti-gay Amendment 1 in North Carolina, makes its debut. The ad features Assistant District Attorney of Wake County, NC, Amily McCool. Weeks ago, McCool noted in stark terms what would happen if the amendment were to pass:
Amily McCool, Asst DA of Wake Co: #Amendment1 would mean victims of domestic violence would have to marry their attacker for protection
— Protect ALL Families (@protectNC) April 23, 2012
McCool has experience prosecuting domestic violence crimes:
McCool currently prosecutes both felony and misdemeanor domestic violence crimes and solely prosecuted these types of cases in Wake County’s specialized domestic violence courtroom. She has a Masters of Social Work and has practiced in the domestic violence field for over 10 years, working with both victims and batterers.
In the ad, McCool says, “Amendment One could take away protections for domestic violence victims.”
The ad, entitled “Amily,” features the domestic violence litigator pulling from piles of files and photos of domestic violence cases of unmarried victims—victims, according to experts from every major law school in the state who could lose their domestic violence protections because of the broad wording of Amendment One.
“This is just a handful of the many, many, many victims that could be affected,” says McCool as she pulls from the stacks of cases of unmarried, abused women.
We have written before about the escalating War on Women and children. This attempt to reach far beyond defining marriage as between a man and a woman, stretching the amendment’s language into a confusing and broad legal phrase that is unprecedented in North Carolina law, will significantly affect women; and it will create another front in the never-ending war to end protections for women’s health, for violence against women, and for health care and legal protections for unmarried women in relationships. Creating confusing legal situations for vulnerable people in need of real help is not something North Carolinians can afford to do.
That is a theme the governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue, focused on in videos and in a speech to a women’s conference earlier this month. It’s why groups fighting domestic violence oppose the amendment.
Yesterday, even Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz came out strongly against Amendment 1:
And at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee’s executive committee, one member warned that if the amendment passes, gay and lesbian convention delegates may “keep our money in our pockets” at the national convention in Charlotte.
On May 8, North Carolinians will vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Opponents and supporters say it also could affect health insurance and other benefits for unmarried heterosexual couples.
“(The amendment) would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples,” party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the meeting at the Westin Hotel.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/04/28/3205807/democratic-party-chair-speaks.html#storylink=cpy
With only a week or so to go before the election on May 8, voters need to be made aware of the unintended consequences this amendment will have, as well as the true intent behind the proponents’ efforts to push the amendment.
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.
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.
6. Sign up to help get out the vote in NC yourself! Courage Campaign is arranging out-of-state caravans and travel assistance is available.