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Wake’s pro-discrimination resolution backfiring?

Wake County Commissioner and wannabe Congressman, Paul Coble may soon be regretting his move yesterday to push through a resolution in support of the marriage discrimination amendment. Since it passed, a petition/website launched shortly thereafter entitled “Paul Coble Does Not Speak for Us” has been registering signatures at a furious rate of one person every few seconds.

The petition reads:

“On Monday, February 20, Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble forced through a resolution stating that Wake County is in support of Amendment One, even though more than 100 citizens gathered in opposition at the county commissioner meeting. But we, the citizens of North Carolina, stand with ALL North Carolina families. We oppose Amendment One and the harms that it would bring to hundreds of thousands of children, families, unmarried couples, and seniors. We will have our say on May 8.”

Could it be that Coble has turned into the best organizer that the amendment opponents ever had? Kinda’ looks that way.
 
You can see the current number of petition signatories by clicking here.

5 Comments

  1. lynn walker

    February 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    for goodness sake! people are people. regardless of who they love. just because you don’t understand something, or like something, or even if it’s against your religion…you don’t get to decide what kind of love is ok. stop your hatred and discrimination. stop it! stop it! stop it!

  2. Frances Jenkins

    February 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    The petition is nation wide. About 30% of the signatures are from Wake County.

  3. John M

    February 22, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Other people’s personal lives should NEVER be put up to a popular vote! Even if this amendment was just about marriage (which it’s not–it goes so much farther, banning civil unions, domestic partner benefits, and all legal recognition of unmarried couples, both straight & gay), it would still be wrong to vote for it. Even if you think homosexuality is the greatest evil ever to visit this earth, it’d still be an un-Christian thing to vote for this amendment. Nothing justifies creeping into the ballot box like a coward, where nobody can see you or hear you, and voting against LGBT people, their families, and their children simply because you disagree with them or don’t like them.

    Show some heart. Show some real Christian virtue. Vote AGAINST on May 8th, and tell all your friends & family and fellow church-goers to vote against, too!

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  5. Ricky Leung

    February 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I tried to give Frances the benefit of the doubt about where she pulls numbers from, because I believe every viewpoint deserves some sort of consideration. But after the “don’t let facts get the way of the truth” comment a little while ago, I had to go see for myself. I literally looked at every signature on the petition. It was displaying 10 per page, so if I looked on every page and there were 4 or more signatures from Wake County, then that 30% number is unfounded. I looked mainly for Raleigh, Cary, Fuquay Varina, Morrisville, Wake Forest and Knightdale. Although there are other municipalities, unincorporated communities and townships that I omitted because I don’t recognize all of them off the top of my head. And lo and behold, the majority of the time Wake County was very well represented. There were at least 4 or more per page, more often with more than 4 than not. So even a conservative estimate would place the signatures at closer to 50% from Wake County, since I did not count all the communities and townships. (There are even 2 signatures from Ecuador and I recall one from UK, so technically the petition is worldwide, but 99% of the time it was from North Carolina.) Very large numbers from Wake County, but surrounding communities like Durham and Chatham Counties were well represented, too. There were also signatures from Greensboro, Charlotte, Wilmington, etc…, so you may have more of an argument if you said many of the signatures were from N. Carolinians outside of Wake County, but still a relatively weak argument at that. And no, this is not a result of a golden egg education or a liberal bias of reporting. This is me going to the petition website and clicking on the next button for over an hour counting up to at least 4 listings of a Wake County municipality. Unless you believe counting numbers is the result of a golden egg education and factual data has a liberal bias. If that is the case, I have no words for you.