Equality news round-up: North Carolina early voting against anti-gay Amendment 1 starts today, and more
April 19, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
– First thing: early voting begins today in North Carolina’s primary, and against the anti=gay Amendment 1 in the state. If you live there or know someone who does, it’d be a good idea to make them aware of this today. The actual primary date is not until May 8.
– Whether you’re in North Carolina or not, you can participate in a phone banking effort to Call for Equality in North Carolina starting now.
– There’s a march today in Greensboro, NC, to encourage students to vote against Amendment 1. From an Equality NC press release:
Greensboro, N.C. —Encouraging student-voter participation against Amendment One will be the focus of a march today, April 19, beginning at 3:15 pm, in Greensboro as six local colleges and universities take part in “Join the Revolution,” an event designed to collectively cast ballots on the first day of early voting.
With the goal to have “12,000 college students, alumni, and members of the community refuse the notion that their generation is apathetic or deaf to social issues by standing together and exercising their right to vote on
the first day of early voting,” featured speakers will discuss the historical importance and social ramifications of Amendment One.
At 3:15 pm, students from UNC-Greensboro, Greeensboro Technical Community College and Greensboro College will head east on Market Street in route to the Guilford County Board of Elections. Simultaneously, Bennett College, North Carolina A&T University and Guilford College will head west on Friendly to the same destination culminating in an assemblage in Government Plaza, that will feature FREE live music, free food, and Join the Revolution merchandise.
– If you’re still confused about Amendment 1 and what it does and does not do, you should read this excellent piece analyzing the amendment line by line and discussing its possible and likely legal effects:
What if the government told your boss he or she could not provide benefits to your spouse or even your children? You might have a problem with that. While it might sound unbelievable that the government would take away those benefits, some fear that could happen here in North Carolina.
We’re talking about Amendment One. It’s the amendment some call the “gay marriage amendment,” but this amendment is about a whole lot more than marriage. It’s also about benefits and economics.
– In non-Amendment 1 news, the Washington Post‘s editorial board is the latest to come out against President Obama’s decision to not sign the LGBT contractor non-discrimination executive order. More activism by LGBT activists is planned on that front.
– Former Secretary of Homeland Security – and former Republican governor of Pennsylvania – Tom Ridge calls for acceptance of the gay community.
– Republican House Speaker John Boehner lies about ENDA, claiming that there are laws in place to handle employment discrimination against LGBTs. However, far from the usual GOP line about being terrified of LGBT people in bathrooms, or about LGBT people demanding “special rights”, Boehner said nothing about ENDA except that: “No one should face discrimination in the workforce.”