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