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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 02:39 PM
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Exclusive: Democracy for America’s Jim Dean on why North Carolinians should vote against Amendment O
By: Pam Spaulding Wednesday April 25, 2012 3:00 pm

It’s nice to have so many allies from around the country coming out in support of the effort to defeat Amendment One. One such partner is Democracy for America (DFA), a nationwide grassroots PAC with one million members strong.

“Equality is not a privilege, it is a right,” said Jim Dean (@TheJimDean), Chair of DFA. “We cannot ask our gay and lesbian community members and their families to accept anything less than true equality – Amendment One is an attack on all families regardless of their make-up and should be voted down on May 8th.”

“It is time that bigotry take a backseat to true equality,” said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of DFA. “We are a country whose greatest strength is our ability to cherish all people, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Amendment One moves our country – and North Carolina in the wrong direction.”


I asked Jim Dean to expand on DFA’s interest in what is happening North Carolina and why people outside of NC should get involved; here’s what he had to say.

Full Interview at Link: Fire Dog Lake Blog
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 04:53 PM
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1. ellisonz...here's the latest on this from North Carolina...
Edited on Wed Apr-25-12 04:55 PM by KoKo
DFA should have been on this earlier...because early voting has already started here in NC... but this is the latest from a local, wide read newspaper:

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Latest poll shows gap narrowing in marriage amendment vote
By John Frank, Craig Jarvis, Lynn Bonner and Rob Christensen - jfrank@newsobserver.com
Published in: Politics

The constitutional amendment on marriage appears poised to pass, but a new poll shows support slipping two weeks before the May 8 primary.

The Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday shows 54 percent of primary voters support making marriage between one man and one woman the only legal union recognized in North Carolina – down four percentage points from a month ago.

Black voters favor the amendment 51 to 39 percent, and even Democratic primary voters are split evenly. The referendum needs a majority for approval.


Opposition increased slightly, to 40 percent from 38 percent, which is within the poll’s 2.9 percent margin of sampling error, according to PPP, a left-leaning polling firm based in Raleigh.

The survey shows that more primary voters are starting to understand the amendment would ban gay marriage as well as prohibit legal recognition of same-sex civil unions and opposite-sex domestic partnerships. But 10 percent still erroneously think approval would legalize gay marriage and 27 percent are unsure what it would do.

The pro-amendment side on Tuesday released its first statewide TV ad. It opens with scenes of newlyweds and families, with a bit of an emphasis on African-American couples, appearing to target that demographic’s apparent support for the amendment.


Tuesday was also a day of dueling endorsements. The state’s three bishops leading Episcopal churches came out against it, and Newt Gingrich released a video supporting it.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/25/v-print/2022847/...
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 10:19 PM
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3. I have the impression...
...that whenever possible the national DFA partners with local organizations and campaigns for efforts like this one.

In this case, it's the Courage Campaign: http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/content/conversatio...
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 09:50 PM
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2. I'm glad to see it and thanks for posting the interview.
I hope that he is correct about prevailing. Thanks again.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-12 04:45 AM
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4. Solidarity with anyone who is for equal human rights for all humans
and, heaven help me because I cannot help myself on this, a snarl to everyone who opposes equal human rights for all humans.
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