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BREAKING w/audio: President Clinton comes out against anti-gay Amendment 1 in NC, records robocall to voters

Marriage equality

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

This past week, Chelsea Clinton came out against Amendment 1 in North Carolina, the amendment that would make opposite-sex marriage the “only domestic legal union” in the state. Today, President Bill Clinton himself entered the fray and joined her in opposition. He has recorded a robocall for the Coalition to Protect ALL NC Families, the campaign fighting to defeat the amendment and prevent discrimination from being written into North Carolina’s state constitution. The message will reach hundreds of thousands of voters across North Carolina — if it’s fully funded, and we need your help with that.

In the call, he says:

“Hello, this is President Bill Clinton. I’m calling to urge you to vote against Amendment One on Tuesday May 8. If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage. What it will change is North Carolina’s ability to keep good businesses, attract new jobs, and attract and keep talented entrepreneurs. If it passes, your ability to keep those businesses, get those jobs, and get those talented entrepreneurs will be weakened. And losing even one job to Amendment One is too big of a risk. Its passage will also take away health insurance from children and could even take away domestic violence protections from women. So the real effect of the law is not to keep the traditional definition of marriage – you’ve already done that. The real effect of the law will be to hurt families and drive away jobs. North Carolina can do better. Again, this is Bill Clinton asking you to please vote against Amendment One. Thanks.”

Listen to the audio here:[audio:|titles=NCOne1_Clintonmp3]

Important: the campaign needs to raise additional funds to broadcast this call to every voter they can reach. Please dig deep one last time and chip in to help this call go further.

The primary is Tuesday, May 8. The ballot language is straightforward: a “Yes” vote is a vote to add language to the state constitution to end domestic partnerships, prohibit civil unions and ban any form of legal recognition of relationships other than marriage between a man and a woman. A “No” vote is a vote against adding that language. And as President Clinton points out in the audio recording, a vote for the amendment could drive away jobs. This is a real fear businesses are facing and it is something Bank of America CEO Cathy Bessant has addressed as well in a video in which she came out in opposition to Amendment 1. The amendment would eliminate the possibility of passing civil unions for gays and lesbians in the future and it would drive away top talent and cost jobs for the state of North Carolina. In a state with a 9.7% unemployment rate, above the national average, President Clinton is right: “losing even one job to Amendment One is too big of a risk.”

What you can do to help defeat Amendment One:Goal Thermometer

1. Volunteer to Call for Equality – a GOTV phone banking effort against Amendment 1.

2. Contribute to the campaign on ActBlue so they have the resources they need to get our message out.

3. Sign up to help get out the vote in NC yourself! Courage Campaign is arranging out-of-state caravans and travel assistance is available.

4. Sign up for a Courageous Conversation about Amendment One with someone you know in NC.


  • 1. Richard Lyon  |  May 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I remember getting Clinton's robocalls against prop 8. I hope they work better this time.

  • 2. Jim  |  May 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    What's really a shame, is that these endorsements against the amendment didn't come earlier since people have been voting for a while now. Hope it's not too late.

  • 3. Scottie Thomaston  |  May 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Actually it's probably the voters who will go to the polls on May 8 we need to reach more. The early voting efforts were concentrated in college areas and such, so the opposition has been getting their people out. If voters who typically swing toward supporting it can be reached that would be great.

  • 4. Kathleen  |  May 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    …and right-wing churches.

  • 5. Bob  |  May 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    "and right-wing churches" I love that,,,, the distinction between churches,,,, another sign of the progress that's been made,,,,, years ago churches didn't split over the issue of LGBT rights!!!!

  • 6. Scott Wooledge  |  May 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    A week or so ago, they said only about 2% of the electorate had voted. The bulk of the voting will happen on Tuesday it seems.

  • 7. Bob  |  May 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks Bill Clinton,,,,, every bit helps,,,,

  • 8. Sharon Simon  |  May 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    A great man and former President ! He will be great until his last breath, not to be underestimated as a brilliant thinker, philosopher and activist !

  • 9. Scott Wooledge  |  May 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I don't know, I'm not blind to some of the mistakes he made, on our issues and others… (Glass Stegall, NAFTA, welfare reform).

    That said, I had the opportunity to see him speak about his Foundation at Radio City Music Hall a few years back, and I fell in love all over. He's an incredibly charming and charismatic man, which can easily make you forget a lot of his faults.

  • 10. johnfromco  |  May 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    It's time to move on from endorsements that basically say, "Don't worry, gays still won't have rights even if you vote no." It validates the idea that heterosexual marriage is at risk from gays.

    Let's be honest. We want a "NO" on Ammendment 1 for one primary reason – and it's not even women and Children (after all, plenty of laws hurt both but aren't advocated by the LGBT community). The reason is simple: Ammendment 1 makes it harder for gay people to one day get equal rights.

    Sure, it's garbage and poorly written, and doesn't limit itself to the intended purpose (putting gays in their place). And those are valid reasons to not like it.

    But the real reason to not like it isn't that it accidentally targets women and children. No, the REAL reason it should be voted down is that it is an attempt to enshrine discrimination against gays into the constitution of North Carolina. Even if the law was written to not have effects on non-gay women and children, it would still be targetting gays.

    It's NOT okay to vote away people's rights. In fact, it's un-American to do so.

    (Okay, I'm done ranting. I know it's politics. And I know we'd love homophobe voters to decide they need to protect women and children, but, dang it, it feels like a retreat from a valid principled position. We've got the moral high ground here, we don't need to find reasons other than the blatent hatred in the law to encourage people to vote no.)

  • 11. Scottie Thomaston  |  May 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Well I think it could help with voters who don't like us. Maybe they'll hear it and think the legislature has already been appropriately hostile toward us.

  • 12. Johan  |  May 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Scottie, please think his one through. What an appalling thing to say! This is nothing short of affirming homophobia and even implicitly internalizing it as well. Who needs enemies when friends reason like this?

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