May 4, 2012
- The head of Vote FOR Marriage NC, the campaign working to pass the amendment, worries about attempts to “subsidize the homosexual lifestyle.”
- Watch Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC this weekend (8 AM-10 AM EST on Saturday and Sunday), he is planning to do a segment on Amendment 1.
- Yesterday, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz tweeted:
Yo North Carolina! On May 8th, Vote AGAINST Amendment 1. It’s anti-gay, and takes away benfits from committed couples. Boo!
— Jason Mraz (@jason_mraz) May 4, 2012
- George Takei tweeted this morning:
Please read about Amendment One and help us defeat it on May 8.allegiancemusical.com/post/north-car…
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 4, 2012
- Pam Spaulding highlights on-the-ground activism in North Carolina on Amendment 1 and The Washington Blade notes that our team at Courage Campaign is traveling to NC this week to get out the vote. We are asking people to join us in the state to work to defeat Amendment 1.
- Also via Pam Spaulding, a list of those in opposition to the amendment:
BUSINESS LEADERS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: Over 100 CEO’s and other business leaders from all parts of the state have spoken out as individuals against the amendment, including Jim Rogers of Duke Energy Corp, Bob Page, CEO, Replacements, Ltd.; Catherine Bessant, Bank of America Global Technology and Operations Executive; Martin Eakes, CEO of Self Help and the Center for Responsible Lending; Barbara Goodmon, president of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation; Andy and Barbara Rotchschild, principals of Scientific Properties; Scott Custer, CEO of Piedmont Community Bank; Joseh DeSimone, founder of Liquidia Technologies; Ken Eudy, CEO, Capstrat ; Shelly Green, CEO, Durham’s Convention and Visitors Bureau; Gary Kueber, CEO, Scientific Properties; Kel Landis, Partner, Plexus Capital and former CEO, RBC Centura Bank; Easter Maynard, Head of Charitable Giving, Golden Corral; Aaron Nelson, President and CEO, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce; and many more.
PROFESSIONAL LEADERS & ASSOCIATIONS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: Law experts at every school of law in North Carolina; North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys; National Association of Social Workers NC; The North Carolina Psychological Association; the North Carolina Pediatric Society; the North Carolina Psychological Association, the North Carolina Psychiatric Association; National Association of Social Workers; North Carolina Chapter and the Carolinas Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED); and more.
RELIGIOUS LEADERS & GROUPS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: North Carolina Council of Churches; Episcopal Diocese of NC; the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists; The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina; plus over 500 pastors, reverends, priests, chaplins and rabbis leading Baptist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, Episcopal, Methodist, AME, Lutheran, Metropolitan, Unitarian Universalist, Jewish, Quaker, Buddist and inter-faith communities across North Carolina. You can see a more complete list of religious groups opposing the amendment at www.protectncfamilies.org/faith.
CIVIC & COMMUNITY GROUPS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: NC NAACP; ACLU-NC; Advocates for Justice; Self-Help; Action NC; ARC of NC; Covenant with North Carolina’s Children; Democracy North Carolina; Disability Rights North Carolina; El Pueblo; Institute for Southern Studies; Latin American Coalition; Lillian’s List of NC; NARAL Pro-Choice NC; North Carolina National Organization for Women; A. Philip Randolph Institute; North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence; North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault; North Carolina Justice Center; North Carolina Policy Watch; Planned Parenthood Health Systems; Planned Parenthood of Central NC; Southern Coalition for Social Justice; TrustWomenNC; and many more.
POLITICAL LEADERS & GROUPS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: President Barack Obama; Sen. Kay Hagan (Dem.); Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (GOP); Gov. Bev Purdue; John Hood, President of the conservative John Locke Foundation; Bob Orr, former justice of the N.C. Supreme Court; Charlotte’s former Mayor Harvey Gantt (Dem.); Charlotte’s former Mayor Richard Vinroot (Repub.); Raleigh City Council; Durham City Council ; City of Greenville, NC; Asheville City Council ; Greensboro City Council; Chapel Hill Town Council; Orange County Board of Commissioners; NC Democratic Party; Libertarian Party of NC; Log Cabin Republicans; College Democrats of NC; Young Democrats of NC; Progressive Democrats of NC; Not Right NC (Republicans Against Amendment One); North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials; and many more.
- News & Observer reports on Amendment 1 fund raising.
- Yesterday we reported on another donation to the anti-gay campaign of $225K from the race-baiting National Organization for Marriage. NOM and other anti-gay groups have lots of resources and are not afraid to keep putting money into anti-gay efforts.
1. Volunteer to Call for Equality – a GOTV phone banking effort against Amendment 1.
2. Contribute to the campaign on ActBlue so they have the resources they need to get our message out.
3. Sign up to help get out the vote in NC yourself! Courage Campaign is arranging out-of-state caravans and travel assistance is available.
4. Sign up for a Courageous Conversation about Amendment One with someone you know in NC.