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Obama opposes NC marriage amendment proposal

Posted March 16, 2012

— President Barack Obama is speaking out against an amendment on the May 8 ballot that would define marriage in North Carolina as being between one man and one woman.

The Obama campaign issued a statement Friday, calling the proposed amendment discriminatory.

“While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the president has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples," campaign spokesman Cameron French said in the statement. "That’s what the North Carolina ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the president does not support it.”

Although North Carolina law prohibits same-sex couples from marrying, it is the only state in the Southeast without such restrictions written into its constitution.

Supporters of the referendum, which will be printed on the ballot as Amendment One, say marriage is not a right, and the amendment would protect the traditional institution of marriage from court rulings allowing same-sex couples to wed.

"President Obama has no business inserting himself into the people's business in North Carolina, said Tami Fitzgerald, chairwoman of Vote FOR Marriage NC, a coalition supporting the amendment. "The people of North Carolina cannot sit by and let marriage as the union of one man and one woman be destroyed by a handful of political activists or by activist judges."

Opponents of the measure say it would enshrine discrimination in the state's constitution and could have unforeseen consequences in other aspects of law including domestic violence protection orders, which supporters deny.

About 300 people marched through Raleigh to the State Capitol on Thursday to express opposition to the amendment.

The Human Rights Campaign – a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization – praised Obama's stance.

“The president has made clear the importance of protecting all families,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said in a statement. “Amendment One undermines basic human dignity and places families of all types at risk in North Carolina. Voting 'No' on Amendment One is critical for maintaining a fair North Carolina.”

Obama narrowly won North Carolina in 2008, and the Democratic Party has made a repeat victory here a top priority. The party will hold its presidential convention in Charlotte in September.

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  • mrman2a Mar 21, 7:56 p.m.

    He will say or do anything to get re-elected.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Mar 21, 7:21 p.m.

    "Obama opposes NC marriage amendment proposal"

    And NC opposes you too!!

  • scarlett2 Mar 21, 7:02 p.m.

    Government legalizes issues just to collect money. Everything today is money driven.
    Marriage is an outdated concept anyway. Nobody stays married forever anymore; every couple that I know who is married is unhappy, committing adultery, and only staying together because of their children or finances.
    The main thing that bothers me about gay rights is the fact that... I once worked at a huge area hospital. Once my daughter turned 18 and was not enrolled full time in college, I could no longer have health insurance on her through my employer. Yet!! if I had had a lesbian partner, I could have gotten full insurance coverage through my employer on someone that is not even a married, legal spouse. But insurance on my child who turned 18, born of a legal marriage, was denied. That is not right.

  • UNC9196 Mar 21, 5:20 p.m.

    Who asked you anyway, don't you have an economy to demolish?

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Mar 20, 8:01 a.m.

    “The world was created and populated with Adam & Eve - Not Adam & Steve or else we would not even be here”

    Your mythology is irrelevant to this conversation.

    “The founder's of this country were all of Christian faith”

    Speaking of mythology. No, all of the FF’s were not Christians.

    “The Government was established with and in the belief of God. It is imbedded in most everything that was written during those early days”

    Again, no it was not. See “Treaty of Tripoli” for a start on your education.

    “In God we Trust on the Currency”

    Not until 1864 on a few coins, and only required in 1955.

    “One Nation Under God”

    PoA written in 1892 (by a Socialist), not officially adopted until 1942. The “under god” part wasn’t added until 1954.

    “But it should Not have ANYTHING whatsoever to do with trying to have the State forced into changing the laws for you. “

    It isn’t about state law but American Constitution.

  • ddavisonnc Mar 19, 3:30 p.m.

    The world was created and populated with Adam & Eve - Not Adam & Steve or else we would not even be here. The founder's of this country were all of Christian faith. The Government was established with and in the belief of God. It is imbedded in most everything that was written during those early days. In God we Trust on the Currency, One Nation Under God, etc.
    It is your individual choice who the person is that you decide to make as your partner,it doesn't bother me. But it should Not have ANYTHING whatsoever to do with trying to have the State forced into changing the laws for you. You can always find another state that does. Obama has 7 unknown states who knows what they allow. - lol

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Mar 19, 9:57 a.m.

    "Correct. All we have is Thomas Jefferson clarifying that's what they meant. If Jefferson interprets it as a "wall of separation", then I'd bet big money that's what it means. "

    Wanna bet if someone was using religion to jsutify their stance, and that religion happened to be Islam, the same people ranting against "seperation" on this subject would be cowering in terror ttrying to use "seperation" as a shield.

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Mar 19, 9:41 a.m.

    "You have your right wing extremists in some instances, here you are seeing left wing extremists. "

    Standing up for the guarenteed rights of every American is a far left issue? Who knew?

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 19, 9:31 a.m.

    "Not a word about separation..." - Vietnam Vet


    Correct. All we have is Thomas Jefferson clarifying that's what they meant. If Jefferson interprets it as a "wall of separation", then I'd bet big money that's what it means.


    "To those say the President should stay out of "our" state, perhaps theses same people should stay out of other people's bedrooms and lives!" - MakoII


    Well said!

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 19, 9:28 a.m.

    Stop the hatred and bigotry....vote democrat.

    Remember folks if you simply disagree with someone you're a racist bigot. Always use the name calling technique, it' s a fail safe to win an argument you can't back up. Free speech for me but not for thee!

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