North Carolina’s best known African-American pastor and civil rights leader, Rev. William Barber, speaks out against Amendment One:
WRAL TV has produced a 21 minute documentary on Amendment One that debuted last night. One of the most remarkable moments in the program occurs when host David Crabtree explores the attitudes of the state’s business community toward the amendment. After highlighting a letter in opposition signed by 75 CEO’s, he reports the following amazing fact:
“We tried to find a CEO who supports Amendment One to interview. We worked with the two lead organizations campaigning for it, the North Carolina Family Policy Council and the NC Values Coalition. They could not find a pro-Amendment CEO willing to be interviewed for this documentary.”
Not even one?! It would seem pretty clear which way the state business community is leaning on this issue.
Contributed by Mimi Schiffman:
Twelve-year-old Isak Atkins-Pearcy loves Legos, doughnuts and fighting for what he believes in.
“I think in a world where everything is right, you could love anyone you wanted to.”
He’s been fighting alongside his parents and with his junior high GSA to defeat North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendment which will be decided in the May 8th primary.
Amendment One would place in the constitution the following language: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”
Meet Isak, and hear a fresh perspective on relationships from a young man, full of conviction and love for his family.
Production: Mimi Schiffman
Music: “April,” Marcel Pequel
Artistic Direction: Isak Atkins-Pearcy
Mimi Schiffman is a photographer, videographer and multimedia producer pursuing a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This work is a part of a documentary project she is producing on marriage equality for her thesis. The work is being released in the lead-up to the 2012 North Carolina primaries where voters will be asked to decide on a constitutional amendment which could render many established same-gender couples and their families legal strangers in the eyes of the law.
Mimi’s work is being posted on Huffington Post.
“Love = Love” was filmed in Durham, NC.
Just three weeks ago, our friends at Public Policy Polling reported that supporters of the marriage discrimination amendment held a 20 point lead over opponents. Today, the gap appears to be falling fast and is down to 14. This decline occurred before anti-amendment TV ads commenced this week.
Given that numerous polls have also shown that support for the substance of the amendment collapses once people actually understand what it would do, it’s enough to make an observer think that the amendment could be headed for a defeat reminiscent of the one that befell the so-called “personhood amendment” rejected by Mississippi voters last fall. That amendment was way ahead in the polls just a few weeks before the November election and then lost decisively once people figured out how radical it really was.
Harvery Gantt and Richard Vinroot aren’t the only Charlotte mayors who think Amendment One is a bad idea. Current Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx tells N.C. Policy Watch that business leaders in his city believe the anti-gay marriage amendment will undercut North Carolina’s competitiveness.
Foxx says the May 8th ballot initiative only serves to throw the state into a “culture war” running counter to the main pledge that many N.C. legislators ran on – creating new jobs.
“If you imagine companies, like some of the largest companies we have not only in Charlotte but in Raleigh, you know they have a diverse array of people who work for them. And if our message to those companies is don’t bother sending us your diverse workforce, they’re going to go someplace else,” explained Foxx.
To hear a portion of Mayor Foxx’s interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below. To hear the full radio interview - including our interviews last week with U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson - visit the Radio Interview section of the N.C. Policy Watch website:
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