Charlotte Observer: Why is N.C. business silent on amendment?

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: September 10, 2011 in Blog

The Charlotte Observer‘s editorial board released today yet another biting criticism of the proposed anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment. This is the second editorial the newspaper has made against the amendment. In their first, staff said the amendment was a “roadblock” to change. Today, the state’s largest newspaper asks, “Why, as gay-obsessed legislators make buffoons of themselves and embarrass the state, do North Carolina’s leading business people and organizations remain silent?”

The paper continues: “We would hope that Charlotte’s and North Carolina’s business community, whose progressive vision has for decades made the Tar Heel state stand out from much of the South, would call it what it is. In New York, support from the business community was crucial to that state legislature passing a law this summer allowing same-sex marriage. Instead, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce is ducking the issue. So is the Charlotte Chamber and the Raleigh Chamber. They’re afraid, it seems, to alienate some of their more unenlightened members.”

The Observer also highlighted comments by openly gay Facebook co-founder and Hickory, N.C.-native Chris Hughes, who outlined his opposition to the amendment yesterday.

“In short, this amendment is bad for business, bad for the perception of my home state on the national stage and a far cry from job-creating legislation that North Carolina lawmakers should be focused on,” Hughes wrote in his open letter.

“Hughes nails it,” The Charlotte Observer concludes. “Why aren’t big-name N.C. business leaders doing the same?”