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Posts tagged politics
Although North Carolina voters passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage 60-40 in the state’s May 8 primary, opponents of Amendment One are still making their voices heard.
Randy Gillis, a gay medical coder from Sofia, walked almost 100 miles from his hometown to the state’s capital Thursday to deliver a bundle of letters expressing residents’ opposition to the ban. After leaving the letters at the office of Sen. Peter Brunstetter (R-Forsyth), one of the amendment’s key sponsors, Gillis celebrated his accomplishment on a Raleigh street outside the legislature.
With President Barack Obama’s May 9 announcement of his support of gay marriage, the issue will likely impact the way many North Carolinians vote in November’s election.
Check out the images below to see how backlash against Amendment One has appeared on Tumblr:
From the “I really needed this to keep from becoming completely jaded and cynical” file: A member of our LGBT community showed up at the Forsyth County Courthouse in Winston-Salem, NC today for jury duty. I’m sure there’s one of “us” there every day. What doesn’t happen every day is the individual who showed up performed a small act of bravery.
Diana Coe, of Winston-Salem, decided last night that she would peacefully protest against North Carolina’s recently passed Amendment One, the constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages as well as any domestic partnership or civil unions. With little time to plan, she prepared a statement and this morning, headed off to the courthouse, intent on following her conscience.
She reported to the Clerk of Courts and read her statement: “As a lesbian, I am no longer considered a full citizen of the state of North Carolina due to the recent passage of Amendment One and therefore I decline to fulfill my civic duties until my civil rights have been restored to me in full.”
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Legislature is opening its budget-adjusting session by getting right to work on closing this year’s Medicaid shortfall and considering changes to annexation and gambling laws.
The House and Senate planned to open the so-called “short” session at midday Wednesday.
The Senate scheduled afternoon committees to consider a $205 million plan to eliminate the Medicaid gap and to change laws needed for the Cherokee Indians to offer live dealer games at its casino.
Some of the bills were expected to come to the floor later in the day.
Legislators arrived to protesters representing liberal and union groups who banged on pots and pans to express anger with Republican policies. Many were still unhappy with the Legislature allowing a referendum on gay marriage that voters passed last week.
OMG. Someone give me a job in Durham. Seriously. Seriously. I have a degree in Psychology. I’ll do anything. Drop suggestions in my ask (I’m really not kidding. I want to move to Durham!)
I couldn’t wear this to school today because we have an insane dress code, but I’ve been wearing it every where else…
Anyway, I’ve been crying since I got the news—honestly, it is tearing me to pieces. I am so ashamed in the majority of our state, but so thankful that this amendment brought me closer to those around me. I successfully got my three conservative family members to vote against. I successfully got so many of my legal voting age friends to vote against. I’m sad that it wasn’t enough, but so very grateful that it opened my eyes to so many people with similar beliefs as myself. Although I couldn’t vote (and the amendment doesn’t directly affect myself or my family), I really do feel pity and shame for those around me who either didn’t know enough about the amendment or couldn’t open their eyes to it’s harm.
I hope you all remember to see the positive in all this negative. It brought us together.
I voted for the first time ever today, and for a good cause!
Not to mention I perfectly placed the sticker to photograph like that on my shirt. (Here’s the actual shirt)
My friends and I hosted a rather peaceful yet affective protest, and now, we wait.
Let’s hope for the best!
He said, “Let’s get in there and pass that Amendment!”
I said, “I’m voting against, thanks.”
Moves to #NC just to #voteagainst #amendment1
Greensboro #VoteAgainst #Amendment One twitter trend