Opponents of Amendment One, which would add a ban on gay marriage to the N.C. Constitution, will rally on the Village Green in Davidson on Saturday. The rally will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Green, Main Street and Concord Road.
North Carolina’s “defense of marriage” law already defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. The Republican-controlled legislature, with the help of conservative Democrats, voted in September to put the amendment on the ballot alongside election primaries on Tuesday, May 8.
Saturday’s rally and voter registration drive is being organized by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman and Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlotte.
The anti-gay ballot measure has become a political rallying point statewide. It has support from a wide range of Republicans, from House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Cornelius) to gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.
Opponents range from U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan to Charlotte corporate leaders, who worry it would hurt business and send jobs out of state.
Just this week, Bank of America Global Technology and Operations Executive Cathy Bessant urged a vote against the proposal, saying, “Amendment One is a direct challenge to our ability to compete nationally for jobs and economic growth.” Gays and lesbians and their supporters around the state also say it’s an unfair vote against the rights of a minority.
For information about Saturday’s rally: Call 336-707-6290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.