RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Libertarian Party has joined other opponents of the upcoming anti-gay Amendment One on the ballot on May 8.
In a video statement by party Chair J.J. Summerell (pictured), he said “We oppose Amendment One simply because it’s badly designed.” The video was released by the Coalition to Protect All NC Families.
He further stated that it was “fraught with far-reaching, unintended consequences.”
Duke University Professor Mike Munger, a gubernatorial candidate for the party in 2008, said, “[the amendment] encumbers contract arrangements between all sorts of other people in ways we can’t even begin to imagine.” He added that “government is making a choice about which kinds of arrangements families can raise children in.”
The party is joined by Democratic gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, Bob Etheridge and Rep. Bill Faison, lieutenant gubernatorial candidates Linda Coleman (head of the Office of State Personnel) and Sen. Eric Mansfield. Previously Gov. Beverly Purdue had announced her opposition to Amendment One.
President Barack Obama has also voiced his opposition to the amendment.
A descendant of the state’s Constitution author, Republican Russell Robinson of Charlotte, said that North Carolina Supreme Court Justice William B. Rodman in 1868 wanted a state that protected all North Carolinians. Robinson felt that it was poorly worded and did not take into account that there were many family relationships that were not defined by contract. Other state Republicans have joined forces with Protect All NC Families in their quest to thwart the potentially harmful measure.
Ted Olson, a prominent Republican trial attorney, is against Amendment One. He was on a legal team in California that challenged the constitutionality of Proposition 8. He is heading to the Tar Heel State on April 1 to attend a rally against Amendment One in Greensboro organized by Faith Against Amendment One.
On March 22, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte became the ninth university to pass an anti-Amendment One resolution by its senate. The are joined by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, Guilford College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Salem College.
Duke University reported in The Chronicle that if the measure were to pass that it would be harder for North Carolina to recruit LGBT faculty.
Both Durham and Greensboro city councils have denounced the amendment.
A cornucopia of faith communities have also jumped onboard the fight against passage of the ballot measure.
The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America Program Director LeDayne McLeese Polaski put her voice to the debate, reported the Associated Baptist Press. She asserted that this was an issue of justice for the LGBT community, that peace and justice went hand-in-hand. Her organization joins the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists and the Alliance of Baptists for its Many Voices, One Love campaign.
Gay-ordained Presbyterian minister Marvin Ellison spoke at Elon University’s Center for the Study of Religion in February. He asserted that while Christianity may become welcoming and inclusive, that transformation was better. He peppered in to the dialogue that “faith leaders have not been willing to translate their personal support into public leadership,” The Pendulum reported.