Harnett elections chief quits over marriage amendment

Posted January 10, 2012

Gay marriage debate, same-sex marriage

— Harnett County's elections director has resigned her post over a proposed constitutional amendment on the May primary ballot that would ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina.

Sherre Toler resigned last week after more than 11 years in charge of elections in Harnett County. Staying in the position would prevent her from speaking out against the amendment, which would define marriage in the state as being between one man and one woman, she said.

"Marriage provides over 1,000 legal rights and protections," Toler said in a statement. "The so-called Defense of Marriage Act seeks to ensure that anyone wishing to marry their partner of the same gender will be denied those legal rights. The broad language of the referendum could also impact private contracts between individuals, powers of attorney, and domestic partnerships, including heterosexual ones."

She said she would work in the coming months to educate people about the potential impact of the amendment, which she compared to former laws prohibiting interracial marriage, and work to elect candidates who oppose the amendment.


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  • junkbeetle290 Jan 13, 2012

    It makes me laugh when people who can't spell talk about what is "bringing down" society. Kermit, please show me where there is any proof that two people wanting to spend their lives together or people wanting to be equal led to the downfall of ANY of the societies you mentioned. In fact, lack of education and ignorance of history has a much better chance of bringing down society. I commend the woman in this article for stepping down to speak out about something she feels strongly about. If more people took the time to educate themselves about the FACTS and took a peaceful but strong stand for what they believe in, the world would be a better place. The true problem with today's society is that most people get their "facts" from 30 second news bites and the people who yell the loudest win. It seems only the crazy and fanatical take a stand any more and no one takes the time to listen to the other side or do any research on their point.

  • whatusay Jan 11, 2012

    ambernicole919....ban divorce for gays won't work...the divorce rate is the same for same sex marriage as gay marriages, except in state the prohibit gay marriages....then it's higher...figure that.

  • beaupeep Jan 11, 2012

    "If she agreed with an amendment and resigned her job becaise of it, it obviously would be news and I would expect WRAL would cover it. The comment made no sense."

    Except WRAL wouldn't run a story. That's what ronda was saying.

    The comment made perfect sense, you just phailed to understand.

  • HateIsNOTaFamilyValue Jan 11, 2012

    Can anyone give one example of how gay marriage harms North Carolina in any way?
    Please only logical,factual and rational responses.

  • ambernicole919 Jan 11, 2012

    Ban divorce if anything then people will think about who they choose as their life partner. I won't lose sleep at night because people of the same sex got married that day. The majority needs to get things back on the right path and involve them selves in things that have nothing to do with them but don't want to help the unemployed with any type of assistance that helps them feed their kids. MAKES SENSE *insert sarcastic sound here*

  • whatusay Jan 11, 2012

    geosol.... you can sleep with or marry a person of the same sex if you want to. You see to carry the gay tourch so well.

  • ghimmy51 Jan 11, 2012

    Uhm ... folks? Just a second now ... WHAT do you care what two people do with THEIR lives? Religious beliefs are fine. Have your own. Let others have or not have theirs. I don't want anyone FORCING their religious beliefs (Muslim, Hindu, Wickkan, etc.) on me and you wouldn't either. Why don't we just leave other people alone? A partner in life is a personal decision and laws against individuals are not right. Never were. Never will be. By backing laws against a PERSON you open yourself to laws against YOU.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jan 11, 2012

    'Uh, if she didn't agree with an amendment allowing same sex marriages?'

    Well if she did that and did not leave her post, it obviously wouldnt be news. If she agreed with an amendment and resigned her job becaise of it, it obviously would be news and I would expect WRAL would cover it. The comment made no sense.

  • americangop Jan 11, 2012

    Harnett County is better because she left.

  • beaupeep Jan 11, 2012

    "ronda1991, whar exactly would be the opposite of this?"

    Uh, if she didn't agree with an ammendment ALLOWING same sex marriages?