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Yield: Love conquers everything; let us too, yield to love

This is the second in a series of videos by Mimi Schiffman:

Meet North Carolina family: Kim, Kathy, Ben, Jamie and Justin, and listen as they put into words what’s at stake behind North Carolina’s proposed Amendment One.

“I mean, you can term it whatever you want,” said Kathy Sullivan. “But you really cannot look at these relationships and determine they are anything but family.”

The proposed constitutional amendment, which reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state,” could potentially invalidate adoptions by same-gender parents across the state.

Production: Mimi Schiffman
Music: “Viandanze,” Fabrizio Paterlini

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.

“Going Forward” was filmed in Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Yield: Love conquers everything; let us too, yield to love

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.

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Supporters of Amendment One are encouraging pastors to preach a marriage-themed sermon on April 29th and then encourage congregants to vote early. Opponents of the proposed constitutional amendment are quick to say the May 8th ballot initiative is not about protecting marriage, but about pure discrimination.

Pam Spaulding, editor and publisher of  the highly regarded blog Pam’s House Blend, says if the  broadly-worded amendment should pass next month, it would ensure that any legal recognition of civil unions or domestic partnerships are banned.

“The term ‘domestic legal union’ does not exist in any North Carolina statute. And what they are going to end up with if this passes is endless litigation,” said Spaulding in an interview with N.C. Policy Watch.

A recent survey by Public Policy Polling found despite confusion about the consequences of Amendment One, 51 percent of North Carolina voters support some legal recognition for same-sex couples.

To hear an excerpt of  Pam Spaulding’s interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below. To hear the full segment from News & Views, visit the radio interview section of the N.C. Policy Watch website – where you will also find our interviews last week with gubernatorial hopeful Pat McCrory and the EDF’s Jane Preyer.

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Race to the Ballot wraps up this Friday afternoon with a voter registration drive and rally on the UNC-Wilmington campus.

Jen Jones, who has spent the past five weeks running 322 miles across the state to raise awareness about Amendment One, says the effort has been well worth it.

Jones, with the Coalition to Protect All NC Families, says they have literally talked to thousands of people along the way about the harms caused by the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban civil unions and define marriage as only between one man and one woman.

She says people on both sides of the marriage issue have had reservations after learning that the broad, untested language of the May 8th ballot initiative could affect employment benefits for domestic partners, domestic violence protections, child custody rights, and even end-of-life decisions  for unmarried couples as well as same-sex couples.

Jones joined us last week on News and Views with Chris Fitzsimon. Click below to hear part of her comments about her statewide trek. For the full interview visit the radio interview section of the N.C. Policy Watch website:

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Harnett County’s longtime Director of Elections opted to step down from her post last week rather than help facilitate the May 8th vote on the anti-gay marriage amendment.

Sherre Toler said while she was especially proud of operating the election’s office in a fair manner for more than a decade, she could not remain silent about the ballot initiative defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

In an email to BlueNC and Pam’s House Blend, Toler writes that she refused to be a party to the legislative majority’s attempt to write discrimination into the state Constitution:

“It is important to a free society that civil rights not be subject to a popular vote!” Read More