Equality North Carolina Challenges Anti-Gay Amendment

North Carolina’s gay and transgender community is working—for the sixth time—to stave off a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. The bill, re-introduced last month by Sens. James Forrester, Jerry W. Tillman and Dan Soucek and co-sponsored by 20 other legislators, if passed would put the constitutional amendment on the next election-cycle ballot. According to the North Carolina constitution, the bill would need to clear both the House and the Senate by a 3/5 margin (30 of 50 votes in the Senate and 72 of 120 votes in the House) in order to be placed on the 2010 ballot. The governor does not have the power to veto a constitutional amendment. Equality North Carolina, which rolled out its statewide Equality in Action tour last week, is working to get out in front of the legislation and educate the public about the anti-gay amendment . Pam from Pam’s House Blend caught up with Equality North Carolina’s Executive Director Ian Palmquist at the tour’s stop in Durham. The tour has visited Winston-Salem, Charlotte and will be in Greenville on April 6. The tour also plans to stop in Asheville, Raleigh, and Wilmington. For more information visit EqualityNC.org.