Last weekend’s 2011 Equality NC Foundation Conference attracted record attendance, with participants focused on how to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment next May that would ban gay marriage.
NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber told the audience the only marriage the public should be concerned about is the marriage of corporate money and politics. Here are a couple short excerpts from his remarks:
Placing a couple of sentences in our most important state document that deny rights to some persons, but which are extended to others, is dangerous and unnecessary, and will not resolve the disagreements.
…The current legislative leadership proved earlier this year that they are not committed to obeying the Constitution as much as they are pursuing their aggressive and regressive ideology when they denied our pre-schools their constitutional right to a sound, basic education.
…The marriage we should be concerned about is the marriage of corporate money and politics. Ultra-conservative corporations have tied the knot with an ugly set of anti-public policies that undermine public education, voter protection, workers rights, protection from payday lenders, health care reform and other programs established for the public good.
The NAACP strongly urges you to reject the so-called same sex amendment and any other present or future proposals of constitutional amendments that would permanently deprive any person in our great state of his or her inalienable rights.
Our thanks to Pam Spaulding who posted the full video of Saturday’s keynote panel: