This Week in Antigay Voter Initiatives

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April 27, 2012

It has not been a good week for supporters of North Carolina’s antigay Amendment One. Early voting has begun on the measure, which would change the state constitution to ban any legal relationship recognition except different-sex marriage.

Poll numbers are dropping. Proponents of the amendment were caught lying. A growing list of experts and leaders has come out against the measure, including the governor, a senator, the attorney general, a former state supreme court justice and a Republican congresswoman favored by the Tea Party, former office holders and candidates, and clergy.

As if that weren’t enough, one of the measure’s sponsors in the legislature now says he’ll vote no. And even the star witness against marriage equality in California’s Prop 8 trial has come out against Amendment One.

It’s easy to see why even people who oppose marriage equality are going public with their opposition against this amendment. An unfortunate state law already restricts marriage to different-sex couples. But Amendment One would also ban civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

There’s still time to fight before the amendment goes to a vote May 8. You can volunteer with the Coalition to Protect All NC Families. You can stay informed, spread the word on social media. And vote against Amendment One on May 8.