Racing to Defeat Amendment One in North Carolina
February 27, 2012 by HRC staff
This post comes from HRC Regional Field Organizer Chris Speer:
I’m proud to be a Regional Field Organizer for HRC and part of the team in North Carolina working to defeat Amendment One, which seeks to ban marriage and all forms of relationship recognition for unmarried couples in North Carolina. Voters will go to the polls on May 8 and we are racing to educate them about the many harms the amendment will cause children and families in North Carolina. I’ve been out on the road this past month from Manteo to Murphy, helping residents of North Carolina organize their communities in a massive grassroots statewide effort to defeat Amendment One.
For the past five weeks, Race to the Ballot, an integral part of the Protect All NC Families campaign, has been traveling to towns and cities all over the state to talk with voters about Amendment One. During a recent town hall meeting in Bakersville, a small community of about 350 people, over 100 folks came out to discuss their concerns about Amendment One. Views were exchanged on either side of the issue and discussed in a respectful manner. Near the end of this two hour discussion, a comment from an audience member who had earlier read from the King James version of the Bible summed up the two hour conversation: “If the legislators in Raleigh are so confused that they can't write a simple enough amendment that isn't harmful, then North Carolinians need new legislators.” Having summed up the thoughts of everyone in the room, the crowd burst into applause and a loud Amen erupted.
The growing consensus is that this Amendment is harmful, divisive, and just plain wrong—it will strip protections and health benefits from children and families, potentially prevent law enforcement from protecting victims of domestic violence from unmarried partners, and create a climate of hostility for our LGBT families in the state. As we get closer to the May 8, communities across the state are building and forming strong alliances that are working to stop this harmful ballot initiative. To get involved in your community, please contact Chris Speer at [email protected].