If you don't know much about Amendment 1, here's the rundown:
On May 8, 2012 North Carolinians will vote on an amendment that would establish "Marriage between one man and one woman” as the “only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state." Now, this is not only an issue around LGBTQ rights, but also heterosexual couples. Yes, the GOP-lead General Assembly has managed to create legislation that goes against their own voting base.
We Are NC is not recklessly fighting against this measure, but has defined their stance and principles on this issue. Here are their principles:
1. We are against the amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman.
2. We are for equality.
3. We are against government telling places of worship who they can and cannot marry.
4. We are for separation of church and state.
5. We are pro family.
6. We believe the constitution should expand rights, not limit them.
7. We believe this amendment is harmful to business and the state’s ability to compete.
Among those that have come out in support of We Are NC are the Greensboro Atheist Organization, Occupy Greensboro, Proximity Hotel, O. Henry Hotel (Obama stays there when he's in Greensboro, NC), and College Park Baptist Church. Supporters range in voice and identity, but the common idea is that Amendment 1 harms all people, regardless of sexual identity. Moreover, the state of North Carolina, one of the fastest growing in the nation, will face a downturn if this Amendment is passed.
The entire nation, however, should support the cause against Amendment 1. After all, if it were to pass that act alone could be enough to instill and cement support for similar bills across the nation. In the coming weeks I will be seeking bloggers to support this move by placing the We Are NC logo on their blogs, FB pages, or other sites. If you are someone wanting to support this move on your page or blog, please email me at email@example.com or put your name in the comment section below.
The General Assembly of North Carolina has become intoxicated and maligned with such bigotry and hate that they are willing to limit the rights of heterosexuals. It's time to take a stand against this show of vitriolic demonization of our common humanity.