We are less than one month away from E-Day and the reasons behind this amendment are becoming more and more clear. Since the end of March, leaked memos from our opposition revealed that ”The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies.” We’ve also learned that people who voted for this bill, including North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, don’t even believe that Amendment One will be durable in North Carolina. “If it passes, I think it will be repealed within 20 years,” Tillis said.
So, why are we fighting? Because until we defeat this amendment, our children are still in harm’s way. A child of an unmarried parent could lose their healthcare and prescription drug coverage, putting the child’s health at risk. A child could be taken away from a committed parent who has loved them their entire life if something happens to the other parent. It threatens existing child custody and visitation rights that are designed to protect the best interests of a child. Shawn Long shared his story with the Raleigh News & Observer. “I could no longer offer health insurance to my partner of 16 years or our 9-year-old son. This would apply to all unmarried couples, gay or straight. My third-grade son, he needs protection from people…who are trying to take away his health insurance.”
Since January, we’ve been able to call 14,331 and have 2,089 valuable conversations. It’s no secret that conversations win elections. We’ve found that most voters are either uneducated or undecided about the effects of the amendment. Once we share how unmarried families in Charlotte will soon find themselves vulnerable to lose benefits and health coverage, voters are overwhelmingly choosing to vote against it.
We need you to help us have more conversations. Explain to people in your community that the language on the ballot will ask them to either vote for or against — and voting against is the only way we can insure that our families will be protected.
Starting April 19, our goals to reach out to Charlotte voters will double. These goals will lead us to victory on May 8, but only if we have enough manpower to get it done. Can you come join us in Charlotte at 617 E. 28th St. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.? : :
— Ashlei Blue, Regional Field Director for the Coaliation to Protect All NC Families