Equality NC to GOP: Focus on jobs, not gay marriage ban (video)

The #nc Twitter world was buzzing Friday afternoon about two issues:

1.) President Barack Obama’s visit to Raleigh-Durham next week to discuss his jobs bill and…

2.) the special legislative session on the anti-gay constitutional amendment that begins Monday.

Equality NC’s executive director Alex Miller says job creation is exactly what voters want politicians to focus on now, not gay-marriage.

Earlier this week, Equality NC issued a 20+ page report detailing how writing discrimination into North Carolina’s Constitution will harm the state’s ability to attract jobs and keep talent.

Miller also spoke with Chris Fitzsimon about the push by Republicans to pass the anti-gay proposal, without first holding any public hearings or committee meetings about the unintended consequences of such an amendment. For a preview of their interview, click below:


  1. Mike P.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Does Alex feel the same way when left-wing states like New York hold debates on legalizing same-sex marriage? Shouldn’t they focus on job creation too? Or is this really about just opposing this bill, whatever the economy is like?

  2. david esmay

    September 10, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Iowa made same sex marriage legal, and as a native of that state, I would hardly categorize it as a left-wing state. Their unemployment rate is half of NC’s, and they increased per pupil spending on education 17.5% this year. Maybe, just maybe, this is an example that the right in NC is moving in the wrong direction. Let’s all stand around and bang locks together and see where that gets us. This is just bad legislation, and the conservative parade surrounding it, is absurdist political theater that appeals only to the ignorant and narrow of mind.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    September 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    You can not win people to your side by calling them ignorant and narrow of mind. You are turning me and others in the middle off to your cause. A fault that may result in the passage of this amendment. The left believe they are so smart, smarter than anyone.

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  5. Vin Right

    September 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    All frivolous amendments and laws should be off the table. This is only an attempt by Republicans to claim they did something while our economy was in turmoil and Bev. Perdue did nothing. Building sandcastles at low tide has the same results as doing nothing at high tide.

  6. david esmay

    September 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Who says I’m left? I guess by your definition, anyone who opposes an amendment to institutionalize prejudice is left wing. My mother is republican, but she was also a freedom rider. Wrong is wrong no matter how you slice it. Bigotry is not a badge of honor, and those who believe it is are both ignorant and narrow of mind.

  7. Young

    September 11, 2011 at 12:36 am

    A portion (perhaps a majority???) of those opposed to gay marriage come from a religious background, whose moral compass is guided by the bible and believe in it’s or God’s teaching which says that homosexuality is wrong, immoral, unnatural, and against God’s will. For those who come from such a worldview, you might understand why we would not want to put into law something we believe is immoral, unnatural, and against God’s will.

    You have your belief system also. You might call it enlightened humanitarianism. You are just as “narrow-minded” as us when it comes to anything that is different from your belief system or worldview. And I agree with the other poster that name-calling is probably not going to help push those on the fence to your side.

  8. david esmay

    September 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Doesn’t the new testament negate the old? Show me one thing attributed to Jesus that supports your position, I think intolerance flies in the face of his teaching. As for my own beliefs, I don’t force them on anyone, all people possess free will and the right to excersize it. Christians don’t have a monopoly on morality, or the right to impose their views on others using the constitution. If you oppose same sex marriage, don’t marry someone of the same sex. Society has changed dramatically over the last 2000 years and the legal documents that define it should not be used as a weapon to deny, ostracize, or persecute people simply because they represent a minority within that society. Don’t christians go to great lengths to dramatize how they were persecuted? The evangelical right are masters at playing the victim while they justify the victimization of those who donot share their view of the world. Many LGBT people are christian, jewish, muslim, hindu, or buddhist, would you also deny their right to practice their faith because their lifestyle doesn’t meet with your approval?

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