Momentum for Equality Continuing Despite North Carolina Loss
May 8, 2012 by Michael Cole-Schwartz, Director of Communications
Tonight, North Carolina’s discriminatory and overreaching Amendment One passed, banning marriage and other forms of relationship recognition for gays and lesbians. While disheartening, this is a temporary setback in our movement – a movement that has seen and is continuing to see tremendous progress and growing support across the country.
Support for constitutional amendments banning committed, loving same-sex couples from marrying has been dropping over the years as support for marriage equality continues to rise nationwide. In 2004 similar amendments passed on average 71 percent to 29 percent. In 2008, the margin shrank from 57 percent to 43 percent. The average for these amendments in the South has been 75 percent to 25 percent. Learn more about the history of state constitutional marriage bans: www.hrc.org/resources/entry/state-constitutional-marriage-bans.
Amendment One, which made it to the ballot after Republicans took control of both houses of the state legislature in 2010, could strip legal protections and healthcare coverage from children, threaten basic protections that all unmarried couples rely on, and harm unmarried seniors. Polling shows that when voters understood how far-reaching Amendment One was, they turned against it – but only 40 percent even knew the amendment banned civil unions.
HRC is proud to have been a founding member of the Coalition to Protect All NC Families and applauds all of the member organizations’ efforts against Amendment One. HRC had staff on the ground for months leading a robust field, campus and faith outreach effort. In cash and in-kind contributions including staff resources, HRC’s commitment to the campaign against Amendment One was over $500,000.
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