Anti-amendment campaign continues pushing domestic violence theme

Posted April 30, 2012

It's Monday, April 30, which means there are eight days to go before voting wraps up on the constitutional amendment defining marriage. The big news of the day may come when each side of the campaign officially report their first quarter fundraising numbers. 

But the anti-amendment Coalition to Protect All NC Families is beginning the week with a new television ad emphasizing their argument that the amendment will interfere with domestic violence protections for unmarried couples of all genders.

The ad features Wake County Assistant District Attorney Amily McCool, who prosecutes domestic violence cases. It features McCool sifting through a mountain of domestic violence files.

"Amendment One could take away protections for domestic violence victims," McCool says in the 30-second spot. 

Pro-amendment forces have said this claim is over-blown, adding that North Carolina's domestic violence laws are different from states such as Ohio where this has been a problem. 

Here's the ad:


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  • as400_guru Apr 30, 2012

    The article states ""Amendment One could take away protections for domestic violence victims," McCool says in the 30-second spot."

    Could. Maybe. Might. Any chance the ads contain actual facts?

  • NC Dawg Apr 30, 2012

    Get the facts!


  • geoherb1 Apr 30, 2012

    I'm sure there are distortions and outright lies on both sides of this issue. The fact remains that same-sex marriages are already illegal in our state. This amendment is unnecessary. It will cause actual harm to some children who will lose health insurance benefits. The domestic violence issue is murkier. I oppose adding discrimination into our state's constitution.

    Coretta Scott King said that so-called marriage amendments are just another form of gay bashing and do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages.

  • garychapelhill Apr 30, 2012

    So who are we to believe, the assistant DA or a con man reverend who likes to talk about diapers and gerbils? Is this what reporting in the name of "fair and balanced" has come to? sheesh. You all ought to be ashamed of yourselves.