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North Carolinians won’t get a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage for another six months. But on Tuesday volunteers for Equality NC will be at the polls talking with registered voters about the  May 8, 2012 ballot initiative.

Organizers in Asheville, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte will be discussing how the vaguely worded amendment could have several unintended consequences and negatively impact job creation for the state. Voters will also be asked to ‘Take the Pledge’ to vote against the amendment next May.

Stuart Campbell, the new executive director for Equality NC believes raising public awareness about what the amendment will do is key to defeating the measure.

Campbell appeared on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon over the weekend. To hear an excerpt of that radio interview, click below.

To listen to the full interview,  visit the Radio Interview section of the NC Policy Watch website.

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Little in this story from the Washington Independent – (“Three anti-gay groups were pivotal in N.C. marriage amendment push“) will come as much of a surprise to North Carolinans paying attention, but it does provide a handy sketch of the groups behind the marriage amendment (and just how remarkably crazy a lot of the positions they take and things they say really are).

It’s also always amusing to be reminded once again of the Family Policy Council’s strange obsession with sodomy.

You can read the article by clicking here.

 

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It’s obviously incredibly early in the process — the misleading hate ads probably won’t begin for months — but some days you have to wonder if maybe the marriage discrimination people bit off more than they can chew with their proposed anti-gay marriage/anti-civil union constitutional amendment.

I sensed this last week when I spent an hour on the radio discussing the subject with local arch-conservative radio host Bill LuMaye and couldn’t even attract one hateful call. This is obviously an incredibly limited sample of the public, but I’m just not feeling the venom one might have expected. Read More

Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that Rep. Stam, Folwell and the other marriage discrimination proponents were explaining to us: a)  how terrible it was that North Carolina is the only southern state without an anti-LGBT marriage amendment and b) that the states that have them also have the rosiest economies?   

This is from this morning’s NYT:

“The once-booming South, which entered the recession with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, is now struggling with some of the highest rates, recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show.”