North Carolina voters today passed Amendment 1 defining marriage in the state constitution as between one man and one woman and banning any other type of "domestic legal union" such as civil unions and domestic partnerships.
As stated on the DNC website:
"Democrats have a long and proud history of defending Civil Rights and expanding opportunity for all Americans. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, Democrats have fought to end discrimination in all forms—including discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity or national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.
For too many though, this ideal is still far from a reality. That’s why in our fight to stand up for civil rights for all Americans, we are committed to protecting voting rights, enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ensuring civil unions and equal federal rights for LGBT couples and fully repealing the Defense of Marriage Act."
As part of their fight for the rights of all Americans, the Democrats must send a clear message to the voters and politicians in North Carolina that discrimination against the LGBT community is not acceptable, nor is allowing the majority to vote for the rights of the minority. It is estimated that the convention will pump $150 million dollars into North Carolina. It is time to take a principled stand and take your convention and money elsewhere.