Well, the cast grows in our ongoing serial saga, “Amendment One,” here in the Tar Heel State.

This past week, among others, two unlikely allies joined the battle against the rights-stripping legislation on the ballot on May 8 that would not only take away any possibility of gay marriage in North Carolina, but it would also rob those, either gay or lesbian or straight, the freedom to engage in other forms of commitment that would carry with it the right to visit hospital beds of their partners, be involved in the issue of children, and so much more.

In essence, it would turn the Tar Heel State into the Tar Hell State, in my opinion.

Let me begin . . .

Roll credits, please!

First up are Former Charlotte Mayors Harvey Gantt (Democrat) and Richard Vinroot (Republican). Who would have ever thought that two opposites would attract in challenging Amendment One? I sure would have not thought so. However, we’re seeing it everyday. Gantt is well known for his liberal approach to Queen City issues, Vinroot, of course, far more conservative. That’s like seeing a marriage between Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and Rick Santorum. Not going to happen! But, wait folks, that’s not all. They even went so far as to film a video to support the work that the Coalition to Protect All NC Families are doing.

See the Tar Heel Twosome share their thoughts:

But, don’t stop there.

Next up is our own queen of the cinema, Gov. Bev Purdue. She’s also strongly speaking out against the measure.

Hop on over to listen to her comments as well.

Even big business is getting in on the action this past week (although not officially). Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers gave a big “no-no” to any legislation that would create an environment that was not inclusive, saying “North Carolina is competing with the world for business, and we have to be inclusive and open.”

Check out the “award-winning” short, “NC Amendment One: The Musical!!” It is a rousing and informative “mockumentary” on the whole issue.

Even the leader of our own country, President Barak Obama, says its not good. And, that’s a whole heap of support for us Southerners to receive. You sure would have never heard Former President George W. Bush take that stand. Lawzy mercy, Miss Charlotte (or Raleigh, or Durham, or Asheville, etc.)! If he had, it would certainly have been a cold one down below, for sure!

Want to help make a difference? Then speak out against the proposed amendment, let your neighbors know you are against it by posting a yard sign, volunteer at state or local events and, if possible, contribute your monies however small to the fight. This is easy. To do nothing is hard. It will leave concrete in its wake, leaving us all stuck and exposed to the “elements.” Visit protectncfamilies.org to learn more.


It seems that some folks who have seen this post and are not in the Carolinas are unsure of what our battle is about. So, here’s a quick reference so that you will be in the know.

First of all, we need to vote against the proposed amendment on the May 8 ballot. Voting for it leads to the concrete scenario mentioned previously.

Now, the 411:

Amendment One states: Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in N.C.

If this amendment to the NC Constitution passes, it means:

Benefits (such as health insurance coverage) for domestic partners (heterosexual and homosexual couples) are 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

Domestic violence protections could apply only to married couples

A single or widowed senior couple could be forced to marry to keep their legal protections, which would cause them to lose benefits such as pensions, health care and social security

Unmarried couples might be prohibited from visiting one another in the hospital to make emergency medical and financial decisions if one partner is incapacitated.

This amendment would enshrine social injustice in the North Carolina constitution.

Hope this makes it easier for everyone to understand.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988,...