Reaction to NC’s passage of Amendment One

“The screaming, excruciating paradox of all this is that supporters wanted to take this out of the judges’ hands. Clearly it will have the opposite effect.”
– Duke law professor Mike Munger

“Our fight for fairness is not over.”
– Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager of the Coalition to Protect All NC Families

“I think it sends a message to the rest of the country that marriage is between one man and one woman.”
– Tami Fitzgerald head of the pro-amendment group Vote FOR Marriage NC

“Tonight’s results are an unfortunate reminder that the fight for Civil Rights in our state is not yet over. Writing discrimination into our Constitution is wrong. The State Constitution exists to protect the rights of our citizens—not to take them away. Despite this setback, North Carolina Democrats will continue to fight for equal rights for all of our citizens.”
– North Carolina Democratic Party Communications Director Walton Robinson

“People are conflicted. They hear one thing in their faith community, particularly that homosexuality is a sin. They have an LGBT family member or neighbor or co-worker. People are trying to reconcile those two experiences.”
– Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality


  1. david esmay

    May 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

    May all right-wing politicians and clergy, have gay or lesbian children.

  2. Marty

    May 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Gay people didn’t have any rights taken away from them. To equate this with racism and civil liberties is ignorant. People have never had the “right” to marry same sex people. Never. Nothing in the constitution says anyone has the “right” to health insurance either. Therefore nothing has been taken away. America is rule by the people. 31 states (and more coming) have now spoken and said they will not tolerate gay marriage. That’s the MAJORITY of Americans. And don’t put this off on right-wing Republicans either. It wasn’t only Republicans who made up the 1.3 million people who voted no to gay marriage. Plenty of Democrats don’t want it either. I know. Because I am a Democrat.

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  4. Unclebear83

    May 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    If this were really about protecting Marriage (and it being an institution between Man and Woman only), the Amendment writers would have left Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships out of it entirely to at least offer the chance of gay and lesbians getting the same protections and legal benefits in the future.

    It would have been enough…..IF the name of Marriage was all the Pro-Amendment campaign was focused on. However they wanted to make absolutely sure that the only Marriage allowed in this state was Man and Woman “as God intended”.

    This was a blatant religiously organized effort by Tami Fitzgerald and direct supporters to force their beliefs of their Bible into the Law of the NC Constitution.

  5. Stacey E.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    To say that the fight of the LGBT community for equal protection under the law has no close parallels to many of the other civil rights injustices our country has suffered and fought against is to be ignorant of our country’s history. And while it’s true we live in a “majority rule” society, it was long ago realized that simply isn’t enough in many cases, which is to a large part the reason for the checks and balances built into our system by way of the three branches of our government (Legislative, Judicial, and Executive).

    When laws existed that prevented “Whites” from marrying “Negros” (not that long ago in our country’s tainted history) they existed because of majority rule in those times and places. However, superceding that majority rule is the US Constitution upon which our entire country was founded. Judicial examination of such by the Supreme Courts at the time determined that said laws were in fact unconstitutional and, thus, void. Blacks and whites weren’t allowed to marry at the time because it was seen as unnatural by many people who had only limited and quite biased exposure to peoples of races other than their own. This whole “it’s unnatural” business is not far at all from the arguments against gay marriage, and the reasons behind it are the same: warped perceptions of people who are unlike ourselves. But it’s in the bible, you say! And the majority of Americans are Christian, aren’t we? Ah, but our government is very explicitly NOT designed as a theocracy. Keep your beliefs and your religion off of my body and out of my life. You are welcome to them, but you are in no position to make moral decisions for me by selectively following the more convenient portions of the very book by which you purport to live your life – the very book that tells you to “judge not lest ye be judged”.

  6. Ricky Leung

    May 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    People like Marty are the reason I am registered unaffiliated.

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