On Tuesday May 8, polling places will open across North Carolina giving voters their last opportunity to vote against Amendment One. In these final days more people are coming out and adding their voices to the many who have already spoken out in opposition against the amendment.

Protect All NC Families has released a new video showcasing some of the many faces across the state from all walks of life speaking out against Amendment One.

Rise Up Against Amendment One

Former President Bill Clinton just recorded a message opposing Amendment One and urging North Carolina to vote against on Tuesday.

“Hello, this is President Bill Clinton.  I’m calling to urge you to vote against Amendment One on Tuesday May 8.  If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage.  What it will change is North Carolina’s ability to keep good businesses, attract new jobs, and attract and keep talented entrepreneurs.  If it passes, your ability to keep those businesses, get those jobs, and get those talented entrepreneurs will be weakened.  And losing even one job to Amendment One is too big of a risk.  Its passage will also take away health insurance from children and could even take away domestic violence protections from women.  So the real effect of the law is not to keep the traditional definition of marriage, you’ve already done that.  The real effect of the law will be to hurt families and drive away jobs.  North Carolina can do better.  Again, this is Bill Clinton asking you to please vote against Amendment One.  Thanks.”

President Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton has also spoken out against Amendment One recently, sending out her statements through an email from Protect NC Families.

“I believe that everyone must stand up for what is right, whenever possible, wherever possible.  I also believe that when the civil rights of any one American or group of Americans in one place are questioned, all Americans, everywhere, should care that the answer is the right one. Those are lessons I learned at a young age from my parents and they are guiding principles in my life” say Chelsea in her letter. “You may ask why I am joining with you to defeat an amendment that would not harm my family as Marc and I are married under a traditional definition.  Well, the answer is simple. When a measure as unfair, poorly worded, and harmful as Amendment One is offered up on a ballot, none of us can afford to be silent.”

On Sunday, May 6 Vice President Joe Biden became the highest ranking U.S. official to openly endorse the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. On NBC’s Meet the Press, Biden told host David Gregory that he is “absolutely comfortable” with gay couples having the freedom to marry.

Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

“I’ve known Vice President Biden since interning for him in the Senate in 1976.  The personal and thoughtful way he has spoken about his coming to support the freedom to marry reflects the same journey that a majority of Americans have now made as they’ve gotten to know gay families, opened their hearts and changed their minds. President Obama should join the Vice President, former Presidents Clinton and Carter, former Vice Presidents Gore and Cheney, Laura Bush, and so many others in forthright support for the freedom to marry.”

Today, members of Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, “Wicked” will work the phones and mobilize North Carolina voters against Amendment One, a constitutional amendment on the May 8, 2012, North Carolina primary ballot that would ban relationship recognitions and threaten protections for the state’s unmarried couples. Cast members including Tiffany Haas (“Glinda”) and Michael Rose (ensemble, u/s for “Fiyero”), crew and musicians from the second national tour of WICKED will be on-hand at the Durham Protect All NC Families headquarters, 201 West Main St. Suite 200 from 3 to 6 p.m., to man phone banks, talk to volunteers and get the word out against Amendment One.

The company is currently performing at Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and is onstage through May 27. Following each performance of WICKED between May 3 and May 6 cast members, crew and musicians are disseminating information about Amendment One, talking with patrons about the amendment, and encouraging them to vote against on May 8. For more information about joining a virtual phone bank for Protect All NC Families, please visit, protectallncfamilies.org/vpb.

O'Neale Atkinson

O'Neale Atkinson is a former editor of QNotes, serving in the position from Jan. 23, 2012 to June 15, 2012. His first issue as editor was published on Feb. 4, 2012. His last issue was published June 23,...