Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx joins a whole host of high profile people, including former Charlotte Mayors Harvey Gantt (D) and Richard Vinroot (R), in speaking out against Amendment One.
At the Human Rights Campaign Carolina Gala held at the Charlotte Convention Center in February, Mayor Foxx explains why he will be voting against Amendment One on May 8th in the North Carolina primary.
Mayor Foxx’s main interest is the effect the so called ‘marriage’ amendment could have on the state’s competitiveness in attracting new business and job growth. He contends that amendment sends a message that North Carolina is intolerant, and Foxx is concerned that companies that embrace diversity will take there investments elsewhere.
Other notable opponents of the amendment include Dr Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, Reverend Reggie Longcrier of the Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, Charlotte City Council member Lawana Mayfield and many more.
While the African American community remains strong in their faith and family values, many of the Amendment One opponents argue that the conservative right is trying to use faith to divide the community and interject a message of hate and discrimination in to the North Carolina state constitution.
On May 8th, North Carolina voters will go to the polls to decided whether to oppose or support Amendment One. While the amendment was written to permanently prevent gay marriage on our state level, there will be many unintended consequences should the amendment pass, that will affect all families in North Carolina.
The Coalition to Protect NC Families has release a pair of TV ads to illustrate some of the potential harms of the legislation including domestic violence protection and health care for domestic partners and children.
Additionally, there is already a state law prohibiting same-sex marriage, so voting against Amendment One still does not make same-sex marriage legal.
Here is what to expect at the ballot on May 8th:
Find out more information on Amendment One at protectncfamilies.org.
-Shannon Scarborough/CBS Charlotte