North Carolina State Legislator Thanks HRC
September 21, 2011 by Marty Rouse, National Field Director
North Carolina State Representative Marcus Brandon was in Washington, DC this week for the National Conference of State Legislatures conference. He took the time to visit HRC to thank us for our efforts in trying to help him stop the anti-marriage amendment from proceeding onto next year’s ballot. Our staff applauded his efforts in the legislature, which included his personal plea as a man of faith who is also gay, urging his colleagues to vote no. In the end, however, by one vote, the NC legislature voted to put the amendment on the May, 2012 ballot.
“It hurts a lot that we were not successful in the legislature. Thanks to HRC and others in my state, I know we can defeat this at the ballot box next May,” Representative Brandon told our assembled staff.
HRC’s Karin Quimby, Jessica Osborn, Ryan Rowe and others worked alongside our HRC’s local volunteer leadership and Equality North Carolina staff for months. Our Religion and Faith Team (Sharon Groves and MacArthur Flournoy pictured) will also continue to work closely the NC team. By working hard and smart, and with a lot of spirit, we can defeat this hurtful amendment, and keep North Carolina the only state in the south without a constitutional amendment that defines marriage.