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May 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Amendment One: A different kind of North Carolina blue

Student volunteer for the Coalition to Protect NC Families poses in Raleigh, NC on April 18, 2012.

Student volunteer for the Coalition to Protect NC Families makes a statement with his shirt in Raleigh, NC on April 18, 2012. (Photo by Elizabeth Wiley/UW Election Eye)

As a transplant to Washington  from North Carolina, today’s primary election — and the overwhelming vote in favor of Amendment One — was a disappointment.

SEATTLE — I was born and raised in North Carolina — the same as my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. We can trace both sides of my family ancestry back to North Carolina in the 18th century.

I have now lived in Seattle for 11 years and during all this time, I have always been proud to say I was from North Carolina.

But not today.

Today, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that says the following:

Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.

I am deeply disappointed in my home state and what a new constitutional amendment means for my family and friends who live in North Carolina, as well as what it means for my chosen home of Washington State.

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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…

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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.

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April 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Keeping the faith in Asheville: Politically, economically, and spiritually

In the town of Asheville, North Carolina, we found a compelling partnership that links the local faith-based community with civic projects involving stakeholders in business, the arts, education, and the public sector.

Time to Revive founder Kyle Martin at Revive Asheville on April 16, 2012. (Photograph by Elizabeth Wiley/UW Election Eye)

Time to Revive founder Kyle Martin at Revive Asheville on April 16, 2012. (Photograph by Elizabeth Wiley/UW Election Eye)

ASHEVILLE — This quaint and quirky town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains reminds me of Bellingham, my hometown. There is an inviting combination of sun-splashed historic brick buildings, locally-sourced restaurants with sidewalk dining, and charming storefronts. The warm spring weather (near the shooting location for The Hunger Games!) made me think of a summer day back home.

In exploring the town, what immediately caught my eye — besides a male nun pedaling a gigantic bicycle with golden handlebar streamers — were clusters of people wearing Carolina-blue shirts.They were everywhere, they were ready to chat, and they were more than willing to give us a few hours of their time over the two days we were in Asheville.

I quickly learned most of them were out-of-town visitors, taking part in Revival Asheville. Between April 16 and 22, Pack Square Park is home to Revive Asheville, a centerpiece of a movement known as Time to Revive, founded by Kyle Martin and supported by over 400 volunteers from 13 states. Guided by their Christian faith, Time to Revive volunteers connect with targeted local communities through intentional acts of outreach and bridge building — city ambassadors if you will.

Time to Revive was founded in 2009, but the movement started three years earlier in Dallas, I learned while interviewing Martin under his group’s enormous white tent in the park. Fresh off a 40-day juice fast, Martin looked like he could stand to drink a milkshake or seven.

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