College students at the heart of NC’s anti-gay marriage battle
The Coalition to Protect NC Families officially kicks off its voter education and registration campaign today in Cullowhee, N.C. with the launch of RACE TO THE BALLOT.
Protect NC Families Communications Director Jen Jones, followed by a team of campaign organizers, will literally be running 322 miles across the state to raise awareness about the harms of Amendment One and register voters to defeat the proposal.
The ballot initiative would define marriage between one man and one woman as the only domestic union recognized by the state. Supporters of the constitutional amendment say they want to protect traditional marriage from “activist judges.”
Opponents of the anti-gay marriage amendment are launching their campaign on the campus of Western Carolina University, as organizers believe college-age voters could be the tipping point in this campaign, if they can get them to the polls in May.
A recent survey by Public Policy Polling finds 63% of North Carolina’s college-age students (age 18-29) support allowing gay couples to legally marry or form civil unions.
Also this weekend, a group of students at UNC-Chapel Hill will be helping the Coalition’s cause as they present “N.C. Amendment One: The Musical!”
The musical, written by sophomore Rachel Kaplan, will be performed Sunday afternoon at Carborro Century Center, followed by a panel discussion with UNC law professor Maxine Eichner about the amendment’s broad, untested language.
Just last Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution formally opposing the marriage amendment, noting that it writes discrimination into the Constitution and ““would be inconsistent with Orange County’s commitment to equal rights and opportunities for its residents and employees.”
If you can’t make Sunday’s event, you can watch part of the student musical here via You Tube: