‘A funny thing happened on the way to constitutional discrimination…’ (video)

Chris Fitzsimon writes in his Thursday column an increasing number of people from all walks of life are speaking out against Amendment One in the final days leading up to the May 8th primary. Here’s an excerpt from “The shrinking support for discrimination“:

“Prominent business people, Republican and Democratic political figures, clergy members, civil rights activists, and community leaders are joining the growing chorus of voices opposing the amendment.

Powerful commercials with real people talking about the impact on their lives of the broad and ambiguous language in the amendment are now reaching voters across the state.

Families and children will lose health care. Domestic violence protections may be threatened. Wills and trusts and visitation rights could be affected.

News reports are reinforcing that frightening reality, that this amendment does far more than ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina.”

And the latest to speak out is Dr. June Atkinson, the state superintendent of public instruction.

Asked about the proposed constitutional amendment in light of the anti-bullying law passed by the General Assembly in 2009, Atkinson acknowledged they continue to combat bullying in the public schools, and this vote will send a message.

“As adults we need to set a good example. And for that reason, I believe it’s not in the best interest of our children and our state for the amendment to pass,” said Atkinson on Thursday.

To read the latest Fitzsimon File, click here. To hear Dr. Atkinson’s remarks, click below.

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One Comment

  1. Molly

    April 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    That all sounds nice, but we’ve heard it before. 30 times there have been votes on amendments like this, and many of the campaigns in opposition used the same strategies as this time. It never works and the amendments always pass.

    Sorry but amendment one is going to get at least 60% of the vote. The domestic violence claims are a lie and most people know that, so unless you can convince the people of this state to come on board with gay marriage, the amendment will pass because that is what voters see it as being all about.

    Without the liberal lies about the amendment being spewed all over the place, it would get 70% support, but that may be out of reach now.