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North Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidates support civil unions for gays and lesbians, oppose anti-gay Amendment 1

Marriage equality

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

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.

They said yes:

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.

3. Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

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.


  • 1. Sagesse  |  April 19, 2012 at 10:45 am


  • 2. Jamie  |  April 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Wow, people are voting already? What has the campaign to stop Amendment One accomplished? Do 58% of North Carolinians still support the amendment? Have commercials aired? Have there been protests?

    Courage campaign keeps asking for money. What EXACTLY has been done to defeat the amendment?

  • 3. Scottie Thomaston  |  April 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

    We've reported daily on the things that are being done on the ground to defeat the amendment and the growing opposition from all sides of the aisle.

  • 4. Jamie  |  April 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

    So that means that there's been alot of fundraising and spin, and little else.

  • 5. Scottie Thomaston  |  April 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Well you've called a piece I wrote that was reporting solely on a poll and the accompanying report from the polling agency "spin" so I am not sure your definition of "spin" is accurate.

  • 6. Jamie  |  April 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

    You mean the one where you took their numbers, jumbled them up, and then misrepresented what they found? Yeah, I guess I did.

    So what exactly has been done so far to convince people in NC to oppose this amendment, now that people are voting already? Seems like votes are already slipping away one by one…

  • 7. Reformed  |  April 19, 2012 at 11:49 am


    Are you requesting to know how your contribution was/is being used, or just needing more specific information to make sure you contribution will be used effectively after the fact?

  • 8. Jamie  |  April 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I'm requesting that "courage" have the courage to be honest.

  • 9. Adam Bink  |  April 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Which is funny, Jamie, because in this thread:

    I asked you to justify your "truth" that you are Totally Right and everyone else is Just Wrong.

    I made my case here:

    You, instead, just pop up with your compulsory "you'll never win, this is a waste of time!!" daily. It's become tired. So I'll ask again: I'm interested in what you call the "truth." I look forward to your explanation of what it is, exactly.

  • 10. Adam Bink  |  April 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    1. We're driven calls to identify, persuade and turn out voters.
    2. We're driven member-to-voter conversations across the state.
    3. We're helped fully fund the campaign so they have the resources to do exactly what you want them to do — educate voters.
    4. All of this is apparent if you actually click on the links above, or ask before you dismiss. Courage's philosophy as everyone here knows is to be transparent and explain what your contribution will go to fund, as we've done in our past two fundraisers here:

    and here:

    and here:

    So again, you need only ask. I'm not sure you really want an answer, though.

  • 11. Adam Bink  |  April 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    What's more, are you aware the field program for the campaign in NC makes slightly over 50,000 calls from field offices per week to voters?

    Are you aware they've organized events across the state to drive turnout?

    Are you aware of GOTV events like the following across college campuses in areas across the state? The example below is for Greensboro-area colleges. There are others in every part of the state.

    CONTACT: William Robinson, [email protected]


    Marks the First Day of Early Voting, Thursday, April 19, at 3:15 PM

    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.


    Protect All NC Families ( is a broad coalition of state and national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and human rights groups, faith organizations, communities of color, nonpartisan organizations, and business & community leaders, coming together for one purpose: to defeat Amendment One on the NC primary ballot on May 8, 2012.

  • 12. Gregory in SLC  |  April 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks Adam -I appreciate hearing the specific activities associated with campaign to defeat amendment 1. Watching/learning…to move things ahead in Utah.

  • 13. grod  |  April 20, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Jamie and Gregory – perhaps that is the lesson for fundraisers: being specific, detailed but tight scripted.
    Scottie and Adam would you not acknowledge that this fundraising campaign has been slow to met its target. Yes, its now close to 70% of the pledge. To be effective, monies need to be in the field 7 to 10 days before the vote….
    Adam that eight point piece was well stated.

  • 14. Scottie Thomaston  |  April 19, 2012 at 11:43 am


  • 15. Jamie  |  April 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Think about it while you ask people to give you more money to ??????

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