People Unhappy With Amendment One Passing Speak Out Across NC

By: April Davis/ Clayton Bauman
By: April Davis/ Clayton Bauman

People across the state who are disappointed with the passage of Amendment One spoke out Wednesday about Tuesday's vote approving the ban on gay marriage in our state constitution.

Some same sex couples showed up at the courthouse in Wilson Wednesday asking for marriage licenses as part of the "We Do" campaign to protest against the state's gay marriage ban.

In Raleigh Wednesday, equal rights groups gathered to voice disappointment. Members of the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups say they aren't going to back down.

Less than 24 hours after North Carolinians voted 61% to 39% to approve the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman in the states constitution, North Carolina's Executive Director Jennifer Rudinger spoke out at a press conference in Raleigh.

"This isn't over. This is not over. Hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians came out yesterday to vote against discrimination," said Rudinger.

Rudinger was joined in Raleigh Wednesday by as well as officials with Equality NC, and Southerners On New Ground.

Tuesday night in Greenville opponents of the amendment marched to the Pitt County Courthouse steps. Equality NC's Stuart Campbell says the results had to do with confusing legislation. He says polling shows most North Carolinians want some sort of legal recognition for same sex couples.

"That obviously was not communicated well enough in the election last night that this amendment would prohibit both civil unions and marriage equality," said Campbell.

For now, the groups battle turns to studying the legal recourse.

"Lawyers all over the state are going to have to figure out what 'domestic legal union' means because now these three words make up a phrase in our constitution that is nowhere defined in law," said Rudinger.

"There are several vulnerabilities to the legislation. It was very vaguely written, very confusing, and I think that will help us with any legal challenge if we decide to move in that direction.," said Campbell.

The voters have spoken in North Carolina supporting the marriage amendment.

Legal experts have said the only way to reverse the amendment is if the general assembly drafts legislation to do so and out it to another vote.

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