It seems really hard to believe, but the campaign against the proposed constitutional amendment here in the state of North Carolina has become a very broad-based, bipartisan campaign with both conservatives and liberals coming together to voice concerns for the implications of this amendment and urging voters to vote against. This is not just a liberal, pro-LGBT equality campaign!
I’ve been asked now several times to prove this is true, so here’s just a smattering of the evidence I’ve come across that show the growing bipartisan campaign against:
- Brent Woodcox, former communications director for the NC Republican Party (and self-professed conservative Christian Republican), calls the amendment “anti-freedom,” “unchristian,” and “anti-family”:
- A Charlotte law student and evangelical Christian makes a very compelling and detailed argument for at least giving this amendment very serious consideration before voting one way or the other:
- Evangelical author and NC resident Margot Starbuck has written her “moderately conservative” case against the amendment:
- Evangelical author and NC resident Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove urges Christians not to be counted among those who have “organized themselves against homosexuals”:
- NC Tea Party representative Renee Elmers, John Hood (president of the John Locke Foundation), and other ultra-conservatives are AGAINST this amendment:
- “Conservatives, Vote Against the NC Marriage Amendment” — editorial from Carolina Review, NC’s conservative journal:
- David Blankenhorn and Elizabeth Marquardt — president and vice president for family studies at the Institute for American Values and two of the primary opponents of same-sex marriage who were key in promoting Prop 8 in California — have come out against the NC amendment, saying “it goes too far”:
- Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, NC, has spoken out strongly against the amendment, especially urging his fellow African-American ministers to stand against discrimination:
I hope that my conservative Christian friends would be open-minded enough to at least consider these very thoughtful, conservative, evangelical rationales for voting against this amendment.
Early voting in NC runs through May 5, and the primary vote takes place on Tuesday, May 8. I early voted already, and I voted against.