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04/11/2012

The truth about NC's Amendment 1, as told by those who'd normally love Amendment 1

by Jeremy Hooper

David Blankenhorn is of course best known for testifying in support of Prop 8 in federal court.

Elizabeth Marquardt, a Blankenhorn protege of sorts, has been quoted by just about every NOM personality you know. She's also been extensively quoted by the North Carolina Family Policy Council, the leading "pro-family" advocacy group in the Tar Heel state.

That's what makes this, the aforementioned duo's joint call for NC voters to vote *AGAINST* Amendment One, 201204110910as unbelievable as it is awesome:

The proposed amendment states that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” That’s a big mouthful, and it goes well beyond the issue of same-sex marriage.

For one thing, it means that North Carolina could not, now or ever, take any step or devise any policy to extend legal recognition and protection to same-sex couples. No domestic partnership laws. No civil unions. Nothing.

That’s mighty cold.

From now on, when we stand up for marriage, let’s make sure that it’s marriage that we’re standing up for. In 2012, perhaps we marriage advocates can begin to prove – perhaps you in North Carolina can be national leaders in proving – that supporting marriage need not carry with it the requirement of bigotry against gay and lesbian persons.

FULL LETTER: Amendment goes too far [News Observer]

I've been saying from day one that this campaign goes farther and is more nakedly anti-LGBT than any marriage campaign I have ever witnessed. I just didn't expect the folks I'm so used to challenging to admit it as well. A new day really does seem to be dawning.

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