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:

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4 Comments

  1. david esmay

    January 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Awesome. Fight the giant gay repellent umbrella.

  2. Mike P.

    January 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    The PPP poll you cite found that 18-29 year-olds support the marriage amendment by a 51-40 margin. Not all 18-29 year-olds dress up like women and run around a college campus.

  3. david esmay

    January 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    If they’re republican, they do in a closet, or the privacy of their home.

  4. John M

    January 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

    PPP polls show two things:
    1) NC voters support the amendment, though each successive poll shows a decrease in support.
    2) However, a comfortable majority of NC voters recognition for same-sex couples, whether in the form of marriage or civil unions.

    This means there’s a lack of education on this amendment. If I’m doing my math right, about 20% of those surveyed support some for of same-sex unions, but will still vote for this amendment. They think it’s only about marriage. It’s not!

    NC Amendment 1 bans same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partner benefits & recognition for both straight and gay couples! PPP says 55% support same-sex marriage or civil unions. I imagine if they asked who supported domestic benefits, the percentage would increase, and if you threw in protection for straight unmarried couples, you’d find the numbers climbing closer to 90%. So, so many people should be against this amendment. It would be a tragedy if they went into the ballot box and voted against their own relationships without knowing it!