The following quote from U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt’s opinion in today’s decision striking down California’s ban on same sex marriage states it plainly and clearly:

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”

It’s hard to see how he wouldn’t say the the same thing about North Carolina’s proposed Amendment One.


Dear George –

Thanks for your thoughtful and on-the-mark comments about marriage equality. Please consider this note as an invitation to come to North Carolina any time you get a chance — particularly during the next three-plus months — to discuss the issue. We’d be delighted to include you as a featured speaker at one of our NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversations.

Please keep up the good work!





As noted previously in this space, one of the more detestable aspects of the anti-gay amendment that will be on the North Carolina ballot this coming May is the tidal wave of hateful messages and outright lies that it will turn loose upon our airwaves, mailboxes and computer screens over the next 127 days.

Lynn Bonner of Raleigh’s News & Observer highlights one of the first volleys from the hate crowd today in Under the Dome. It concerns an extremely troubling and insensitive image produced by the so-called North Carolina Family Policy Council Read More


Freshman state Sen. Jim Davis is the latest conservative lawmaker to express an uneasiness about the anti-gay marriage amendment that will be on North Carolina’s ballot next May.

The Macon County Republican told constituents at a November town hall meeting that while he voted with his party in passing the ballot initiative, restricting the freedom of others was “a little more beyond my comfort zone.”

As reported by The Macon County News and QNotes, Davis made it clear to his audience that he considers “a heterosexual marriage” to be the bedrock of society, but he felt uneasy about the over-reaching amendment.

Here are Senator Davis remarks: Read More