May 2, 2012
UPDATE 1: Link to VIDEO is here.
Daily Kos and The Huffington Post are reporting that the wife of one of the legislators who sponsored the anti-gay Amendment 1 in North Carolina has said the purpose of the amendment is to “protect the caucasian race.” The proponents of the amendment have said in a TV ad that the purpose of the amendment is “only” to define marriage as between a man and a woman, and that it won’t affect domestic partnerships or civil unions. This is contrary to the proponents’ own research which says “[t]he proposed Amendment will bar not only same-sex marriages, but also recognition or validation of civil unions and domestic partnerships that constitute legal substitutes for the marriage relationship.” But they’ve stuck with this claim and their supporters have been trying to tell voters they are compassionate, moderate people who only want to pass a very narrow amendment to prevent “activist judges” from interfering with the institution of marriage.
But it’s hard to keep track of where this campaign is going these days. The Washington Post is reporting on comments made by a pro-Amendment 1 pastor in North Carolina, seemingly advocating violence against children. He had talked about cracking a child’s wrist if it’s “limp” among other things. Now he says:
Harris says he does not advocate hitting children and wishes he could take back the remarks.
He says he stands by his belief that “the word of God makes it clear that effeminate behavior is ungodly.”
Of course, this story is not going particularly well for supporters of the amendment. State and national media was already growing ever more skeptical of the campaign based on the shift in poll numbers and the tactics employed to convey a false message that the amendment would do less than the actual language suggests. And this new revelation that lawmakers wanted to legislate white supremacy comes a day after we reported that someone filmed themselves shooting at their neighbor’s No on Amendment 1 sign, and cops swarmed the man’s house. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has had to weigh in on these new developments and denounce the violent actions of these supporters of the amendment.
Needless to say, with opponents putting ads on the air featuring the Wake County ADA pointing out the fact that the amendment would eliminate protections against domestic violence and make her job harder, and other ads from victims of domestic violence, it is assumed that the proponents would want to distance themselves from pro-violence positions as much as possible. For some reason, that doesn’t seem to be happening here. They seem to be allowing their efforts to be defined as a pro-violence, pro-bigotry and not simply pro-Bible.
The proponents started losing control of the message weeks ago and with a week to go before the vote, we are starting to see what this is really all about.
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.
6. Sign up to help get out the vote in NC yourself! Courage Campaign is arranging out-of-state caravans and travel assistance is available.