With the passage of Amendment One, some tourists vote to take their money elsewhere

Tuesday’s passage of the constitutional amendment defining marriage in North Carolina may have the impact of a hurricane hitting the state at the start of the summer tourism season.

The Outer Banks Voice reports that the Chamber of Commerce has fielded numerous, angry calls and e-mails from longtime vacationers who say they have made their last trip to the state:

“After a tough fall and winter of dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, discussions over ferry taxes, beach closures, beach driving permits, game fish regulations, state budget cuts to our local attractions, and even challenges with building the bridges and road structures we need, this is just another challenge at a difficult time for one of the few remaining strong industries in our state,” said OBX Chamber vice president for media relations Angie Brady-Daniels.

Reporter Sam Walker also details a handful of emails that have been sent to The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce this week. Here’s one that no one in the tourism industry wants to read:

”This email is so you know why we’re boycotting your state. We will also no longer do any furniture shopping in High Point. We will no longer charter fishing boats for blues. Your state no longer exists for us.”

You can read the full article here.

9 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    May 11, 2012 at 6:25 am

    With 32 states having passed anti gay legislation, they are running out of states to go on their vacation. If they choose to cut of their nose to spite themselves, that’s their business.

  2. Doug

    May 11, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I say good riddance to them. Let them go to traffic-snarled, drug infested Hollywood where they can do anything they want to do.

  3. Bob

    May 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

    For me this is a failure for law makers to address this problem for what it is. I personally believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I do believe however that there should be recongnition by insurance companies and the IRS to recognize “partners in union” so that those partners can enjoy the same benefits as a married couple. I can’t believe that this whole mess created by the very gourp who said they will not impose their lifestyle on the rest of us during the Clinton Presedency, wants anything less then the same rights to insurance and tax rules as a married couple. Their has to be a certain amount of morals in life as laid down by God, that we shoud live by. We don’t need any more morals offered by big money that wants to change the masses for their own personal goals.. How many years have we recognized marriage as between a man and a woman, and now we have a small percentage of people who are very loud with a lot of money yelling that the world should change and must accept their lifestyle. Our country leaders need to wake up, address the real problem of those minority lifestyles, and correct the laws that can give that segment of people the right they deserve as human beings, not because of there lifestyle that is different then the norm for the majority of people.

  4. Robin

    May 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

    My husband and I are native North Carolinians, and we both voted against the amendment. We and 40% of our state thought it was discriminatory and just stupid. The overly religious segment of our population seem to think that heaven will only be populated by straight evangelical white people. Sad, but true. We are proud to be from NC, but not so proud of how we look to the world right now.

  5. Jeff S

    May 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

    By all means, let’s preserve the “sanctity” of a device primarily used to sell a woman as property.

    And please, let’s let these people continue to push their prejudices on us and getting away with it by excusing it with their mythology. Even then Bob, it was the church, not “god” who inserted themselves into an already-existing practice.

    Anyone presuming to speak the will of a god is a self-serving liar.

    I’m tired of attempting to be tolerant of the Christians who continue to be the least-tolerant group in the country. And I’m sorry to lump them all together as one, because I know there are reasonable congregations out there that are following the example supposedly set by Jesus – but they are a minority. I suggest they make an effort to exclude themselves from the mainstream hate.

  6. Doug

    May 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Jeff seems to be growing increasingly snippety towards religion ! Does that make his position right ? I don’t know !

  7. Tim

    May 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    If the religious bigots truly want to own marriage and force their definition of “one man one woman” onto society, then let them. Make “marriage” a religious term, and separate if from the legal aspects of what we now know as marriage. Make “civil unions” the only legally recognized union, with eligibility being any two adults not currently in a civil union.

    And just to keep that Separation of Church and State thing going properly, a marriage via a religious ceremony carries absolutely NO legal standing. If two people want to have a legal union, they must have a civil union. Why should the adornment of a funny collar or hat endow a person with the ability to assign legal rights?

  8. david esmay

    May 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    @Doug and Bob, if you want to believe in a magic faerie in the sky, and that you’re a degenerate because some fictitious ancestor ate the wrong fruit, that’s fine. But don’t try to define other people’s lives based on your beliefs. The constitution never mentions god and for good reason. Marriage is a legal contract, not a religious institution. Churches can’t hand out licenses, oversee the distribution of wealth, child support, or any other legally binding entity. Churches perform ceremonies founded on superstitions and archaic rituals, period. It is the height of hypocrisy for christians to use the bible to justify their bigotry, intolerance, and celebrate the loss of civil liberties to individuals in our society.

  9. Jack

    May 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I don’t know Doug.

    The fact is, religion has not been kind to people throughout the ages. With religion and its ability to deny even the simplest of truths and realities it has a poor track record on so many levels. Of course all the death and carnage, done in the name of religion, was for the good of humans. And there certainly wasn’t and isn’t a political agenda involved on the part of religion, right?. At least that’s what those who say they hear their deity’s voice would have people believe.

    At least one preacher in NC, Fayetteville specifically, told his parishioners that it would be a sin not to vote for Amendment 1. Or to put it another way, it would be a sin to vote against discrimination.

    Really, I can’t find anywhere in the Bible where it says to vote for discrimination. I guess it falls under the unwritten religious belief category of – hate your neighbor as thyself. There seems to be a lot of that going around.