(following from Washington Post)
North Carolina voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage today via a statewide ballot measure, according the Associated Press.
North Carolina already had a statute banning gay marriage. Amendment One declares that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state” — vague language that opponents say could threaten domestic partnership protections for all couples while closing the door to any sort of same-sex unions.
Twenty-eight states have constitutional amendments that ban gay marriage; another ten ban it by statute. Until today, North Carolina was the only state in the South did not have a constitutional ban.
While the country is about evenly split on gay marriage in polls, supporters have yet to succeed at the ballot box. Statewide ballot measures on gay marriage have come up 31 times since 1998. Advocates for gay marriage lost each time.
Amendment One opponents were better funded than Amendment One rivals. But Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for the anti-amendment Coalition to Protect North Carolina’s Families, told The Fixbefore the results came in that too much of that money came late in the race.
LGBTQ* Advertising (AGAINST) the Community You Should Know
Billy Graham and Amendment 1
The above ad is running in FOURTEEN North Carolina newspapers. News papers, while starting to decrease in numbers, are still one of the strongest ways to communicate with a large population of people.
I have posted the ad because I believe it is important for people to see both positive and negative reflections of their community. This ad has created an opportunity for many of you. You can take this, take time to digest it, research both Graham’s work and Amendment 1, and start to create a dialogue with other people about it.
I have learned over time that encountering negative text, advertisements, literature, dialogue, etc, grants me many chances to start a conversation. It is easy to be mad. It is easy to be irate. You are allowed to feel and even act on those things.
It takes a true, solid, proud person to speak rationally. I urge you, be that person when discussing this. We are all proud. The advertisement above shows nothing but naive fear.
North Carolina voters, please remember to make it to the polls. Please remember the power of unified voices.
Oh, and in case someone wants to argue what “traditional marriage” in the United States of America has meant for the last 300+ years, you can have them discuss this picture: