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North Carolina Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment One Passes, Reactions Pour In

by David Badash on May 8, 2012

in Civil Rights,Discrimination,Marriage,News,Politics

Amendment One just passed by a huge margin in North Carolina. Below are statements by groups against the constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage and all other relationship forms from the state.

We’ll update this post often  – please return throughout the evening and tomorrow.

Freedom To Marry
Founder and President Evan Wolfson released the following statement moments ago:

“As momentum for the freedom to marry continues to grow in the rest of the nation, today’s vote is a painful reminder of what happens when a preemptive ballot-measure is stampeded through before people have had enough time to take in real conversations about who gay families are and why marriage matters to them.  This amendment is a last gasp of discrimination that will cause real harm to families, communities, and businesses in North Carolina, but says little about the prospects for a better outcome in battles to come in states where there has been greater visibility for loving and committed couples and those who get to know them.   And even in North Carolina, the long-term effect of this nasty attack will be to spur more conversations and open more hearts, helping more people rise to fairness and support for the freedom to marry.”

Human Rights Campaign:

Tonight North Carolina’s discriminatory and overreaching Amendment One passed, banning marriage and other forms of relationship recognition for gays and lesbians.  The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, expressed disappointment in the vote, but characterized it as a temporary setback in the fight for equality.

“The passage of Amendment One is a heartbreaking loss for families in North Carolina, but will not stop us in the march toward full equality,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.  “As the country continues to move in the direction of marriage equality, our opponents have cynically interrupted the important conversations taking place which lead to increased understanding and acceptance.”

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund:

“North Carolina has wandered into treacherous terrain with Amendment One. For all the talk of bolstering families, this measure shamefully shoves them into harm’s way.”
— Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

WASHINGTON, May 8 — North Carolina voters have passed Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that limits legal unions to marriage between a man and woman and bans civil unions and domestic partnerships. Same-sex couples are already prohibited from marrying in North Carolina under state law. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force assisted the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families, the local campaign opposing Amendment One, with technical assistance, fundraising, social media outreach and get-out-the-vote efforts.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director,
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“North Carolina has wandered into treacherous terrain with Amendment One. For all the talk of bolstering families, this measure shamefully shoves them into harm’s way.

“Blocking loving couples from forming legal unions like domestic partnerships, civil unions and marriage flies in the face of family values. Indeed, Amendment One defies what it means to be a family today. Many North Carolinians, including seniors, single women and children, could be placed in peril because the shrinking definition of family excludes them. Some might even be denied life-saving services like domestic violence protections. This is a brutal step backward for relationship recognition in North Carolina.

“We thank all the voters who rejected Amendment One. We stand in solidarity with them and the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families as they build on this effort to make North Carolina welcoming and safe for all.”


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notademocrat May 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Biblical principals have won the evening. Thanks for all the support of those who want our Nation to be brought back to its roots.

CastleRockBear May 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

Let's get this right, it is "OLD Testament Principles" that won the evening, antiquated rules and judgment, that have nothing to do with TODAY except exhibit SOME guidelines. If the Bible it to be interpreted as "Back and White" there are too many rules that are being broken in the process of making "amendments" like this and in living our EVERYDAY lives! I suggest the Bible is more a "Grey" area than "Black and White", because if it is "Black and White" then it must be followed to the letter and parts not picked and chosen at will! If people READ (REALLY read) and believed in the Gospel, this law would have never been voted for! Love is a Virtue, HATE is a sin!

EmmaLib May 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

I worked long and hard to defeat this awful amendment….I can't believe it passed. Oh well, back under the covers for a day or two, for a good cry. How damn depressing.

CastleRockBear May 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

With my friends in my heart and hope for their future, I have several things to say about this sad day in North Carolina!

HATE IS NOT A VIRTUE! Denying anyone the right to love whom they choose is a fabrication by an antiquated part of society bent on promoting hate, rather than acceptance! Religion has his a new low with a law such as this! For these hate organizations, hiding behind God through religion, such as NOM, to prey on the ignorance of people to pass a hateful law, is unforgivable! We have gotten better than that, and allowing a few individuals to pass hate laws is moving backwards rather than forwards! HATE is HATE no matter how you disguise it! I only hope someone steps in and strikes down a law that has hate at it's core before too many families are hurt! I would urge people directly effected by this to rethink their choice of living in North Carolina, and at the very least hurt the state where it hurts most, by what ever means possible, in the wallet!

I have hope that your days are peaceful and that hate mongers have their day for trial, either here or in the next life! Morals have been challenged, we need to show that the correct way to live as a free people for all, is to make laws like this useless and void, or hate will prevail! LOVE conquers ALL!

tat0010 May 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I won 50 bucks on they gay union not going forward in Colorado. Someone didn't believe me they were going to filibuster it.
Just cause someone doesn't agree with you does NOT mean they hate you. Stop the lies.

bgryphon May 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

True- but when someone not only disagrees, but actively fights to deny rights, to preach violence and drive young people to suicide, their hatred can only be denied by someone who is blind and dumb. And now that the Gov in CO has called for a Special Session, are you going to give your ill-gotten gains (gambling is, to many kristianists, a sin) back?

Robroberts2009 May 10, 2012 at 1:17 am

i am so sick of people loke the commenter here whe selectively enforce biblical morality, always against the gays. If your dusty book is 100% true then lets enforce it — death to all unmarried women who aren't virgins! Death to shellfish eaters! Anything other than 100% enforcement of the bible makes you … Whats the word … Oh ya, a hypocrite.

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