Hagan: I urge all North Carolinians to oppose Amendment One

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is taking a stand in North Carolina’s marriage equality debate, urging voters to oppose the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban civil unions and define marriage as only between one man and one woman.

On Wednesday, Hagan released a statement criticizing the far-reaching and negative consequences of the ballot initiative, noting the May 8th amendment will harm the state’s ability to recruit businesses.

The Greensboro Democrat goes on to say the discriminatory amendment “harms our state’s resolve to make all people and all families great.”

You can read Senator Hagan’s full statement below:

 “In today’s hyperpartisan political environment, I view any attempt to alter our state constitution with a critical eye. Amendment One has far-reaching negative consequences for our families, our children and our communities. North Carolina is one of the most business-friendly states in the nation, and this amendment would harm our state’s ability to recruit the innovators and businesses that are driving our economic recovery. Jobs are my number one priority, and we cannot afford to take our eye off the ball and give businesses a reason to grow and expand elsewhere. The people I hear from everyday – the families that make up the fabric of the Old North State – tell me they are sick and tired of watching their jobs and their livelihoods fall victim to divisive partisan posturing. In North Carolina we say our state is “Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great.” Amendment One harms our state’s resolve to make all people and all families great, and as a proud daughter of North Carolina, I urge all North Carolinians to join me in opposing it.” – Senator Kay R. Hagan


  1. Benjamin Hill

    February 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you, Senator Hagan, for taking a stand against this hateful and damaging legislature.

  2. Kathleen Bedwell

    February 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you, Senator Hagan, for speaking out against this hateful, unconstitutional legislation.

  3. Ellis Lee Johnson

    February 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    You want to do something about the job outlook, try banning or doing away with NAFTA!!! That little pc of legislation has done more to destroy this once great nation than anything else. How about the high price of gas, when are you politicans going to do anything about that??? As far as amendment 1 goes, you can bet your bottom dollar I’am voting for it!!! Why in the world would I want to go against the Bible and the word of God just because you think it might stop some jobs from coming into this state???

  4. Tammy

    February 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    If you think that defeating this amendment will stop jobs from going elsewhere, you’re sorely mistaken. The amendment hasn’t passed as of yet – and we’ve been losing jobs left and right. If you’re against the amendment, be woman enough to state the real reason why and don’t hide behind the excuse that companies won’t expand or come here because of it. Fear doesn’t fit you well Senator Hagan. Amendment One won’t stop making “all people and all families great”, but hate and fear most certainly will. Congratulations for perpetuating it.

  5. M.B

    February 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you for your good sense about this issue.

  6. Tony

    February 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Way to stand up for 21st Century family values. I work for many large corporations in our state, and I can guarantee you harm WILL be done if this amendment passes. Companies, and the talent pool that attract and keep those jobs in NC will both loose. Besides all that, it’s absolute a garbage legislation.

  7. Brian

    February 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Didn’t vote for u never will. You need to spend a little more time in your Bible. Repeal NAFTA if you want jobs to return to this great State and Nation

  8. Dave

    February 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    If jobs are your “number one priority” you need to take a good look around.

  9. Chara

    February 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you! This legislation is hate-filled. It just makes this state look backward.

  10. Melonie

    February 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you Senator. Thank you for taking a sand and for making your voice, and that of so many others heard. The more exposure this amendment receives the better educated the public will be about the possible ramifications of its passing. This amendment has the ability to effect people that still don’t know what the measure is about. There are those comments alluding to the “real” reason some one would vote against Amendment One, the real reason is that it’s bad for NC families & business. I am lucky enough to for a forward thinking NC small business who has been working against the passage of Amendment One because it effects all families. ALL families. The amendment was sparked as a measure to write discrimination in to the state constitution by installing a 3rd, and unnecessary, legal hurdle between the gay & lesbian community and marriage. This amendment does much more than that. It limits the rights & health care benefits of heterosexual couples, denying their children care and services. It limits business by narrowing the pool of possible employees who are looking for diverse creative companies to work for. All of this at a time when North Carolina has made strides in technology, diversity, and business. The Triangle and Triad are growing, if this measure passes all that growth will be stunted as business fail to attract talent, and begin to loose the valuable talent they have.

  11. Bj

    February 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I read my bible and I understand GOD’s word. But I also understand it is not my right or my place to judge. I will vote against the amendment because I do believe in equality. Again, it is not my place to judge and why should I care about someone else’s marriage, and who they are married to?

  12. Aaron

    February 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    To those bringing up the bible, I read my bible- and I can’t seem to find the sections where Jesus speaks on homosexuality. Gay marriage is already illegal in North Carolina. This Amendment does not change that, it does however hurt all types of North Carolina families. This is an overly broad, badly written item that can only hurt and divide our state.

    Jobs are a function of both our Federal government, and our State. This Amendment is what our legislature spent their time working on instead of jobs and growth. Thank you Representative Hagen for taking a stance!

  13. Hunter-Lynn Eagle

    February 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you Senator Hagan for taking a stand against hatred and showing that passing this amendment would harm the state and more so take jobs away.

  14. Linda C

    February 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I’ve read many comments from people who claim that they just can’t approve of gay marriage because the Bible tells them so. Okay, so Leviticus 18:22 Says “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” But have you read any other parts of Leviticus?

    Let’s start with what you cannot eat, according to Leviticus 11:6, you can’t eat rabbits (hares), 11:7 says don’t eat swine (how many enjoy their morning bacon?) 11:10 tells us not to eat anything from the water unless it has fins or scales. Wait a minute, neither crabs or lobsters have scales or fins and don’t even touch that calamari!

    Next we see that woman are directed to stay apart from everyone during her period for 7 days or as long as she bleeds, that’s Leviticus 15:19. How many of you take animals to the Tabernacle to be sacrificed as a blood offering?

    Leviticus 19:11 tells us not to steal of lie, hmmm, that one is very interesting. Then there is 19:19 that tells us not to wear clothing of mixed fabrics. Darn, I really like my jeans of cotton and spandex!

    How about Leviticus 19:27, it tells us not to shave or cut our hair, oops. Leviticus 20:9 tells us that we should kill our children if they cuss their mother or father, (oh really?) Anyone have a tatoo? Leviticus 21:5 says it is a sin if you make any cuttings to your flesh.

    Most egregious is Leviticus 21:17 where we are told not to approach the Lord if we are blemished.

    Perhaps we should do as Jesus tells us and love one another and let our Lord deal with any and all sins.

  15. Geoff Wingard

    February 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you, Senator Hagen! So many people will try to cast a smoke screen around this proposed amendment – that it is about “gay marriage.” But it goes far, FAR beyond just that one issue. Even conservative, strict Constitutionalists are now coming out against this amendment because it violates the 5th and 14th Amendments of the constitution.

    I am a straight male, and my life partner, a woman, would suffer great economic hardship if this proposal passes. You see, she is a widow, and she receives a survivor benefit. And as unfair as it may be, if she remarries before she reaches her late husband’s full retirement age (roughly another 15 years or so from now), she’ll lose that survivor benefit. Unlike current non-gender specific domestic partner medical insurance that many employers and local governments offer, this amendment, if passed, would force us to marry, in order to keep the health insurance benefit, and lose her survivor benefit, OR remain unmarried, but have to pay medical insurance completely out of pocket. And with pre-existing conditions, it may be entirely impossible to find coverage that would be no more expensive than her survivor benefit.

    No, Proposition One is NOT a “gay marriage” issue in our family. And we are voting NO on May 8.

    Thank you Senator Hagen, for standing up for the men and women of NC, heterosexual and homosexual, to say this proposition is wrong.

    – Geoff, a registered voter

  16. Tim

    February 23, 2012 at 12:02 am

    committed individuals should be allowed to marry. Let’s focus on that, because we are too focused on gay/straight instead of supporting committed individuals. For people under 40, marriage is already crumbling because with all the divorce they grew up with they wonder what’s the point. Therefore, we send a message saying that marriage isn’t important when we say committed individuals aren’t allow to marry. Go figure, those that want to “protect marriage” is doing the exact opposite, they are the ones attacking marriage!!

  17. Susan

    February 23, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I’m sorry…is this Senator Hagan or Senator HATEFUL? Just let people be…if gay people want to marry, then let them marry. The straight married couples are certainly not helping their cause by having a +50% divorce rate. Love is love, don’t be hateful. All people who oppose this Amendment know someone in their life who is gay. Do you have the nerve to look them in the eye and say they don’t deserve to legalize their love and respect for one another? If you wouldn’t feel right about doing that in your heart, then don’t hide behind a voter curtain and be a hypocrite.

    It’s okay when gay couples want to relieve the system and adopt multiple children, but it’s not okay to let them marry? Give me a break. This is going to happen eventually, you can either be graceful and dignified during the process, or you can be ugly and disrespectful to others feelings. The choice is yours, but my motto is “Treat people as you would want to be treated. Be kind, be respectful.”

    And as a side note to Geoff…so, it’s okay to “live together” and not marry as long as the money keeps coming in for another 15 years? And gay people are the ones corrupting the morals of this country????? THAT’S why you don’t want the Amendment to pass? Because you want the money??? Did that just happen? Nobody can FORCE you to marry, let’s be clear. You can’t have it both ways…survivor benefit AND health insurance benefit. You see, that’s called GREED. Just marry her and together take responsibility as a married couple. Or don’t marry her…but don’t expect to get everything for nothing. I am gay, and have gotten NOTHING forever. My partner and I have been together 25 years. She can’t get insurance from my company and I cannot get insurance from hers. When one of us passes away, we can’t even pass our retirement accounts to each other without paying taxes on the money…no spousal transfer is allowed. How would your life partner liked it if she had to pay taxes on her deceased husband’s retirement accounts upon his death? She wouldn’t. She also receives or will receive her deceased husband’s portion of his social security benefit. But I won’t. We’ve been together 25 years, paying fairly into the system, for nothing…does that sound FAIR to you?

    All I want to be is a married couple in the eyes of the government. I don’t want more than my fair share, I just want what every other heterosexual couple seems to take for granted…their fair share.

  18. Susan

    February 23, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Sorry, so tired, meant to say thank you Senator Hagan for NOT being Senator HATEFUL…LOL that’s what 16 hr work days will do to you!

  19. Jack

    February 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Bible, schmible!

    Isn’t it wonderful how our focus isn’t about job creation but rather an unconstitutional amendment and so much more that distracts “We the people …” from asking our legislators from to fulflling their campaign promises?

    Nothing like a Republican controlled NC General Assembly and judgmental religious right wingers to unify the state, NOT!!

  20. Jean

    February 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I certainly hope all of your Christian voters see how you are pushing this Marriage vote. What is wrong with this State? We are “suppose” to be in the Bible belt and stand for Biblical principales. Wake County is for the Marriage vote and if they can draw businesses why not here in Greensboro??? This vote is not to put down any groups but simply to define that marriage is between a man and a woman. I agree with the person that said why don’t you work on NAFTA and get it reversed.

  21. Margaret Kleinschmidt

    February 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Thank You Senator Hagan , for your stand on this outrageous ammendment. We are ALL EQUAL. It is a shame some people don’t yet understand this. I would bet the people for the ammendment would change their vote if they had a loved one or friend that was in love and not allowed to marry that person due to the nearsightedness of some people. Thank You again.

  22. Jack

    February 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Biblical principles! Tell that to Speaker Tillis.

    He supports the cutting of funding to children and adults with disabilities. The Speaker also supports making it harder for people with disabilities to vote. What about the Speaker’s Biblical principal of looking “… down at these people who choose to get into a condition that makes them dependent on the government.” Now these are all fine Biblical principles we can hang our hat on.

    By the way the Wake County Commissioners do not speak for the people of Wake County about anything and certainly not about the discriminatory-homophobic-misogynistic-unconstitutional marriage amendment. Believe it or not we the citizens of Wake County speak for ourselves and will loudly do so come May.

    Better look again as to what Belt you believe you’re living in because I don’t see anyone at the NCGA wearing their Bible Belt.

  23. SSS

    February 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you Senator Hagan for taking a stand against this stupid amendment. This amendment can do nothing but hurt our state. I can sppreciate people who stand up for what they believe in. I can appreciate people who do their best for this state. BUT, the writers of this amendment need to take a long look at it and decide if this state can live with the trouble that Amendment One WILL cause. It seems that this amendment was intended to just define what we, as a state, believe marrieage to be. It is not written that way. It speaks of partnerships. That has a far reaching problems for all walks of life.

    I am a Christian woman. I read my BIble. I know what Leviticus 18:22 says. I also read the New Testament where Jesus taught us to love one another whoever they may be. This amendment is not about that. It is about restating another law that says Gay marriage is illegal.

    This amendment will harm/affect all of us.

    PS: Gov. Purdue, Thank you for finally doing something good for this state by voting against this amendment.

  24. […] Senator Hagan Supports NC Families Today Senator Kay Hagan released a statement encouraging North Carolinians to vote against Amendment One which seeks to constitutionally define marriage for our state. The Progressive Pulse has the story. […]

  25. MC Daniels

    February 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Three years after The Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Richard & Mildred Loving (an interracial couple), and in a unanimous decision declared Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute unconstitutional. Sixteen states, mostly in the southern portion of the United States, still had anti-miscegenation laws and were forced to revise them by then “activist judges” on the Supreme Court. Just nine years prior to this (1955), a Gallup poll showed that 96 percent of white Americans disapproved of interracial marriage. Thank you, Senator Hagan for standing on the right side of history!

  26. John Clark

    February 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This is a ‘late’ response. I’m glad Senator Hagan has come out so to speak to oppose Amendment 1. She rightly notes the hyper-partisan environment which may explain her position against this crude effort to discriminate against a group of our neighbors is based solely on preserving a ‘better business’ environment and not as either a civil rights or moral matter. Regardless, it is good she has taken positive a stand.

  27. Sam Knights

    February 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you Sen. Hagan, you are standing on the right side of history. This amendment is not needed and if we defeat the amendment it will send an important message to the rest of the United States.

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