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May 21, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: NAACP supports civil marriages; Paul continues to collect delegates

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous (Photo courtesy of

NAACP Supports Civil Marriage
The board of the NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, passed a resolution on Saturday in support of civil marriages. In a public statement, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said, “Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law.”

This move comes in the wake of President Barack Obama voicing his support for same-sex marriage, and concern that such support may divide the black vote.

Obama’s endorsement has also catalyzed significant shifts in African-Americans’ view of same-sex marriage in North Carolina. After Obama’s announcement, African-American support for same-sex marriage or civil unions rose 11% in North Carolina. Such shifts, however, came too late to impact the vote on Amendment One — which passed overwhelmingly and wrote into the North Carolina constitution that the only legal domestic partnership is a marriage between one man and one woman.

Paulites Keep the Hope Alive
Ron Paul officially suspended any active campaigning in upcoming primary states last week. In his announcement Paul said, “Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that Liberty is the way of the future.”

Most see the cease and desist of active campaigning in new states as effectively making Mitt Romney the Republican nominee. However, many Paulites haven’t gotten the message.


Comments | More in National, State | Topics: Amendment One, Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich

May 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Wisconsin recall; North Carolina Amendment One

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Tom Barrett (D) may go toe to toe in upcoming recall election on June 5, 2012 (Photo courtesy of and

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Tom Barrett (D) may go toe to toe in upcoming recall election on June 5, 2012 (Photo courtesy of and

May 8 = Decision Day
Tomorrow, May 8, voters in Wisconsin and North Carolina will take to the polls.

In Wisconsin, the ballot will include the next round of recall elections for four Republican state Senate seats and the gubernatorial Democratic primary. The recall elections stem from a larger campaign to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R) and six Republican state Senate seats that began in 2011 over Gov. Walker’s efforts to curtail union’s collective bargaining rights. In 2011, two of the six Republican Senate seats were recalled, leaving the four up for tomorrow’s election.


Comments | More in National | Topics: Amendment One, Equality North Carolina, Maine GOP convention

May 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Fundraising heats up for North Carolina’s Amendment One

RALEIGH, N.C. — The battle over Amendment One in North Carolina continues to receive national attention, as the outcome of the issue could ripple to other states. Amendment One would ban gay marriage and civil unions in the state constitution. The Coalition to Protect NC Families, the primary organizational opponents of Amendment One, reported $2.26 million in…


Comments | More in National | Topics: Amendment One, Chicago Tribune, civil unions

May 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

North Carolina Amendment One: Update on polling and fundraising

RALEIGH, N.C. — With one week until Election Day and early voting well underway, I wanted to take a look at the numbers on Amendment One, the North Carolina ballot measure that would limit legal recognition of unions to one man and one woman.

We have new polls and financial updates.

Public Polling Policy, based in Raleigh, released a new poll Tuesday about the issue. The majority of voters still plans to vote ‘yes’ on Amendment One, 55% of respondents, while 41% plan to vote ‘no.’ That’s the same margin as one week ago.

The key pivot point in PPP’s data is public understanding of the amendment. Among the 27% of voters who think Amendment One only bans gay marriage, the measure is favored by a whopping 72% to 27%; for the 40% of voters who know that the amendment would also ban civil unions, as many legal experts have said, the amendment is failing, 60% to 38%.

The majority of older voters (60% for/36% against) and voters in eastern North Carolina (64% for/32% against) are in favor of Amendment One, while young voters (33% for/59% against) are opposed.

When we traveled to North Carolina two weeks ago, Jen Jones, communications director for Equality North Carolina — which opposes the amendment — said she and her volunteers would be engaged in “education and persuasion” all the way through election day. That’s a tough road to victory. But it seems to be the only one anti-Amendment One forces have at their disposal.


Comments | More in National | Topics: Amendment One, civil union, gay marriage

April 26, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Eight words that will decide the future of gay marriage in America, including Amendment One in North Carolina in two weeks

On May 8, citizens of North Carolina will vote on Amendment One — a bill regarding the definition of domestic unions. For younger voters, it is about civil rights. 

Gay Marriage

Citizens outside the Manhattan Marriage License Bureau on February 12, 2009 (Photo courtesy of Flickr member Brittany Travis).

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In eight words, the young woman shredded the plan of the National Organization for Marriage and provided a glimpse of the future, if the data are to be believed.

I met her while ordering some food in this tough, strong town in the Piedmont Triad region of this state. She was African American, and I told her we were out her way from Seattle, finding stories and people in the midst of the 2012 election campaign.

Then I asked her what she thought of Amendment One, a proposition on the North Carolina ballot on May 8 that would revise the state constitution so that it legally recognizes only one kind of domestic union: that between a man and a woman.

In response she said, “That’s the thing about civil rights, isn’t it?”

Eight words. They could shake North Carolina on May 8, when Amendment One will either be passed or voted down, and they could foretell the future of same-sex marriage in Washington if a referendum makes the November ballot.


Comments | More in Culture, National, State | Topics: African Americans, Amendment One, civil right