Simply put, Amendment One is an unnecessary, thinly veiled attack on civil rights — a gross injustice to North Carolina’s unmarried couples, children, families, seniors, women and businesses.
If Amendment One passes, what’s next? It would mark the first time the North Carolina constitution was amended in order to discriminate against specific individuals. This flies in the face of the state’s tradition of amending the constitution to increase equality.
Same-sex marriage is already illegal in North Carolina. Which means voting AGAINST Amendment One is not a vote to legalize same-sex marriage.
Amendment One (SB514) is a proposed change to Article 14 of the North Carolina State Constitution that will appear before the voters on the May 8, 2012 primary ballot across North Carolina. Amendment One is not only an ideological assault on the civil rights of LGBT North Carolinians, it’s also a poorly
written law that will have serious negative, unintended and harmful consequences on North Carolina’s children, families, seniors, women and businesses.
Stating that, “Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State,” Amendment One aims to turn all unmarried couples — whether same-sex or opposite-sex — into second-class citizens unworthy of basic dignity and fair treatment.
If Amendment One becomes law — in effect writing discrimination, prejudice and injustice into our state’s constitution — what’s next?
Share these images with as many people as you can. They are intended to shock you. To make you think. And to get you to take action and vote AGAINST Amendment One on May 8.
As an egregious attempt to get this constitutional rewrite passed by single-issue voters, legislators scheduled Amendment One for a referendum vote on May 8, the same day as the North Carolina Republican presidential primary.
However, YOU DO NOT have to be a registered Republican to vote on May 8. Every North Carolina citizen with a valid voter registration card can vote AGAINST Amendment One, no matter your political affiliation.
Don’t miss your chance to make history, and not repeat it. Remember, separate is never equal.
Use this helpful precinct locator to find your voting location and vote AGAINST Amendment One on May 8.
Early Voting Instructions
Unable to make it to the polls on May 8? No Problem. North Carolina allows early voting through Saturday, May 5. Early voting has already begun. (There will be no voting on May 6-7.)
Opposition to Amendment One is broad and bipartisan. Maybe that’s because constitutions are designed to protect rights and not take them away. The rights of a minority should never be put to a majority vote.
Those who stand against Amendment One come from all political parties, all religious sects, and all corners of North Carolina. Here are just some of the voices that oppose this unnecessary constitutional amendment.