The North Carolina Campaign to Protect ALL Families Launches
January 18, 2012 by Karin Quimby, Regional Field Director
Today in Raleigh, I joined community, political, and religious leaders from across the state of North Carolina to officially launch the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families. HRC has been on the ground working closely with the Coalition for months, contributing resources and staff to help launch this massive grassroots campaign. It has been an honor to work with the passionate and skillful leadership team in North Carolina to arrive at this day where we take our now fully-formed campaign officially public.
Protect ALL NC Families is a coalition of organizations dedicated to defeating Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that would ban legal recognition for all unmarried couples, regardless of sexual orientation, and strip protections already in place for thousands of North Carolina citizens. The unprecedentedly broad Coalition is comprised of advocacy groups representing LGBT North Carolinians, faith leaders, the disabled community, domestic violence victim advocates, as well as corporations, nonprofits, professional associations, congregations, elected officials and individuals across our state. The Amendment is scheduled to be voted on during the state’s primary election, currently slated for May 8, 2012.
Today, NC House Minority Whip, Rep. Glazier said that this amendment “ is not a mere codification of existing law, but a vast expansion of it,” whereby it will serve to prohibit all forms of relationship recognition for unmarried couples, limit the legal recognition of joint parenting rights, eliminate domestic partner benefits for those municipal workers who currently receive them in North Carolina and cut people off from safety nets, among other harms.
Caitlin Breedlove and her partner spoke about the personal toll this amendment fight has already started to take: “We live here, and we don’t want to turn on the television and have our daughter hear that our relationship and our family is up for debate. She asked us the other day: ‘will they come and take me away from you’”
The Campaign’s statewide voter education and registration campaign, Race to the Ballot, will officially kick off on January 27, 2012, in Cullowhee, NC. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in the race as it traverses the state throughout the month of February.
Paid for by the Human Rights Campaign.