As debate begins on marriage amendment, opponents turn-up the heat (video)

Nearly 50,000 hand-signed postcards are being delivered to the N.C. General Assembly today in opposition to a proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment.

Republicans will look to socially conservative Democrats this week to give them the three-fifths majority needed to put the proposal defining marriage on the ballot in 2012. Legislative leaders believe the wedge issue will drive people to the polls next year, and benefit Republicans up and down the ticket.

But Equality NC’s Alex Miller says Republicans should run on their legislative record and abandon discriminatory legislation that could cost the state more jobs.

Over the weekend, Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook and a North Carolina native, sent an open letter to North Carolina legislators, urging them to oppose the marriage amendment. Here’s an excerpt from that letter:

In short, this amendment is bad for business, bad for the perception of my home state on the national stage, and a far cry from job-creating legislation that North Carolina lawmakers should be focused on.

The next Facebook or Apple or Google could be created by another North Carolinian. Be mindful of how you treat them and their families.

Equality NC’s Miller says bill sponsors who dismiss this warning and deny this is a  “job killing amendment” are simply being “dishonest.”

For a preview of Alex Miller’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

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2 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    September 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Tell the entire truth, the Democrats do not want the amendment on the ballot because it will result in a large victory for the other side. Democrats do not give a rats’ hair about the gay community. They want to hold on to the governor’s office and regain the house and senate. Present both sides in the pursuit of truth, justice, honor and the fight of poverty.

  2. Rev. Carl Johnson

    September 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

    @Frances. I can’t argue with your conclusions. I will say that under Democratic leadership, at least the LGBT community isn’t targeted for persecution, as they are under the Republicans. Benign neglect under Democrats? Probably. Scorched earth? Nope.
    I really don’t want a political party to champion civil rights. Civil rights should just be….without requiring a vigilant defense.