Recently, multiple celebrities in the music and acting industry as well as the political sphere have spoken out against Amendment One - the proposed North Carolina constitutional amendment that bans marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, and civil unions and domestic partnership benefits for all couples. With the May 8th primary vote in North Carolina less than one week away, the measure has gained much press.
Chelsea Clinton recently signed a letter appealing to North Carolina voters in which she states:
It is our duty to join the fight on behalf of both the gay and lesbian North Carolinians who were the original targets of the amendment and the tens of thousands of straight male and female North Carolinians who will be collateral damage if the amendment passes next Tuesday. Many North Carolinians will lose health care, domestic violence protections, end of life and visitation benefits, and face other serious consequences due to the political agenda of those who offered up the legislation. Those consequences will not discriminate - they will fall on the young, the old, the gay, the straight, men, women, professionals, line workers, union workers. Some of those are my friends - some are your friends, your neighbors, and perhaps even members of your own family.
Musician Jason Mraz tweeted his opposition last night, which reads, “Yo north Carolina! On May 8, vote AGAINST Amendment 1. It’s anti-gay, and takes away benefits from committed couples. Boo!”
Actor George Takei also urged North Carolinians to protect all families in the state, tweeting, “Please read about Amendment One and help us defeat it on May 8.”
In a new campaign ad, legendary gay musician Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar) and members of superstar indie rock bands such as Fugazi, Wilco, and Superchunk, joined the growing chorus of voices who have publicly opposed Amendment One.
Rock stars are not the only ones joining the movement to support all couples and oppose Amendment One, though. North Carolina Piedmont musicians such as Laurelyn Dossett and several other North Carolinians explain why they are voting against Amendment One. Throughout the video, Greensboro mayor Robbie Perkins states, “I’m voting against Amendment One because I want to be the mayor of all of the citizens of Greensboro. And if I exclude folks from their civil rights by voting for this amendment, then I’m not doing my job as mayor of the city of Greensboro.” Rabbi Fred Guttman of Temple Emanuel in Greensboro states, “discrimination against a group of people should not be enshrined in any state constitution.” UCC Reverend Julie Peeples states, “I’m voting against Amendment One because we’re supposed to love our neighbors and this amendment will hurt a lot of people that I dearly love.” Professor Jack Zerbe states, “I’m voting against Amendment One because I’m a proud North Carolinian.” Others against the measure include a student, three couples, a journalist, and many more.
GLAAD applauds the celebrities and proud North Carolinians who courageously support protecting all couples and families in North Carolina.