North Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidates support civil unions for gays and lesbians, oppose anti-gay Amendment 1
April 19, 2012
Early voting for the primary election in North Carolina starts today, and that means today is the first chance for voters to come out strongly against the anti-gay Amendment 1, the amendment that eliminates all legal relationships in the state except for marriage between a man and a woman. The amendment would ban civil unions and domestic partnerships among other effects it could have on people living in the state.
In North Carolina’s Democratic gubernatorial debate last night, all candidates unsurprisingly oppose the amendment. People from all sides of the aisle have come out in strong opposition with harsh words about the attempts to hurt gay and lesbian families in the state, and the Democratic governor is voting against it as well. But in the wide-ranging debate, the Democratic candidates were asked about whether or not they would support civil unions for gays and lesbians in North Carolina.
On whether gays should be allowed to marry:
[State Representative Bill] Faison: Said the current law says marriage is between a man and a woman. “I think, where I am on this is, the legislature has spoken. The people in this on the whole believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I think there’s a place for civil union and that’s something we should look at and it’s something that should be discussed at the legislature.”
[Lt. Gov. Walter] Dalton: Said he would support a law to recognize civil unions, and does not think the marriage amendment should be on the May ballot.
[Former United States Representative Bob] Etheridge: “I’m not really worried about what people are. I just want to get this economy going.”
It’s disappointing to hear the same tired “marriage is between a man and a woman” line over and over, but the promise of the possibility of civil unions is exciting. We’ll have to wait and see how the May 8 vote plays out.
What you can do to help:
1. Contribute to the campaign on ActBlue so they have the resources they need to get our message out.
2. Sign up for a Courageous Conversation about Amendment One with someone you know in NC.
4. Download social media tools and yard signs to show your opposition to Amendment 1.
5. Volunteer to Call for Equality – a GOTV phone banking effort against Amendment 1.