Crucial Conversation: The marriage amendment

Please join NC Policy Watch and Equality NC for a special Crucial Conversation luncheon -
 
“What would the marriage amendment really mean for North Carolina?”
 
Featuring: Evan Wolfson, founder and President of the national nonprofit, Freedom to Marry — the campaign to win marriage nationwide. He is also the author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry.
 
Wolfson will be joined by two of North Carolina’s foremost constitutional scholars and experts on the proposed amendment, UNC Professors of Law, Maxine Eichner and Holning Lau as well as the Executive Director of Equality NC, Stuart Campbell.  

When: Tuesday November 29 at 12:30 p.m. (Note special, later-than-usual time).

Where: Marbles Kids Museum, 210 E. Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh.
Click here for directions and information about convenient parking options.

Click here to register for this event.

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

6 Comments

  1. Sam

    November 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

    You can hardly call it a “conversation” when everyone involved opposes the amendment.

    Diversity much?

  2. James

    November 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Sure you can call it a conversation. That’s what happen when informed people come together to discuss the toxic impacts of misguided public policy.

    I think the word you’re looking for is “debate.” And just to say it, what’s to debate? The anti-marriage amendment is grounded in a bigoted interpretation of religious doctrine. Neither bigotry nor religious doctrine should have any place in our democracy.

  3. HunterC

    November 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    There will be more free debate at this event than there was in the House Rules Committee when this poorly drafted constitutional amendment was rammed through in minutes without any public input at all.

  4. James

    November 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Great point, Hunter. Well said.

  5. Mike P.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Did you similarly object to the NY legislature never holding a committee hearing on their same-sex marriage bill, Hunter?

  6. HunterC

    November 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    While I have little knowledge of the NY legislature’s customs and processes for handling statutory changes, I am very familiar with the NC legislature’s customs and processes for handling controversial constitutional amendments.

    The last controversial constitutional amendment in NC was this bill in the 2003-04 session regarding tax-increment financing.

    http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2003&BillID=S725

    Note how many revisions, meetings and amendments were considered. And then note the time over which it was considered by each chamber of the NC legislature.

    The consideration given to that constitutional amendment passed by the NC legislature in 2003 doesn’t begin to compare to the lack of consideration given to the constitutional amendment passed by the NC legislature in Sept 2011.

    Statutory changes often pass in NC in a day or two. Controversial constitional amendments… not so much.

    I have less objection to quick statutory changes than to quick constitutional changes primarily because that former can be fixed easier than the latter.