Amendment One Drives Surge of Early Voting in North Carolina as New Ad Hits Airwaves: VIDEO


Portect All NC Families today released two new ads, one for broadcast and one online only, that highlight the danger to domestic violence victims should Amendment One pass.

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Amendment One is driving a surge of early voting in North Carolina ahead of the May 8 election day, the AP reports. "The News & Observer of Raleigh reports ( ) that turnout for early voting leading up to the May 8 primary election is on pace to top any other primary since the state began one-stop voting in 2000. The first week of one-stop voting has even surpassed the first week in the presidential primary election of 2008 between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton."

TomlinsonIn a strong editorial at The Charlotte Observer, Tommy Tomlinson writes that no one is hurt by gay marriage:

If you truly think marriage is sacred, don’t ever spend a day in divorce court.

Here’s the thing, though: Marriage really is sacred, in the right hands. But it requires love, and common sense, and tolerance of flaws, and the constant effort to fix your own. None of those qualities are exclusive to straight people.

That should go without saying, right? But I think the deeper truth under this gay-marriage debate is that a lot of straight people don’t know any gay people, and at some level just don’t understand that straight and gay people are 99.9 percent the same.

Watch the new ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here's a secone, online-only ad:

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  1. I am so ambivalent about these ads. I have contributed to the cause, and I understand the strategy, but I wonder what we will have accomplished even if we win. We will have made North Carolina better for heterosexuals. My favorite video is one that was leaked by NCProgress in which an irate lesbian attacks her state representative, who was one of the sponsors of the amendment. At least she puts a human gay face on the amendment.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 30, 2012 9:56:29 AM

  2. And what's wrong with making the state better for heterosexuals? Shouldn't we be trying to make the world a better place for everyone equally?

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 30, 2012 10:14:39 AM

  3. this is the strategy that worked in Arizona (yes, Arizona!) in 2006 when a constitutional amendment barring marriage equality and civil unions was defeated at the polls. It was the first time an anti-equality amendment failed because the advertising showed how it would also affect opposite-sex couples due to the way it was written. Two years later they simplified it to "marriage is only between one man and one woman", and while we celebrated Obama's win for president, we also sank into darkness when this amendment passed here in AZ and Prop 8 passed in CA. Good luck to North could work....

    Posted by: Brad | Apr 30, 2012 10:47:01 AM

  4. Mark: I am all for making the world better for everyone, but I think heterosexuals can afford to run their own ads. Even if we win this battle, the bastards are going to do what they did in Arizona: narrow the Amendment to simply target us, and that Amendment will pass, unless we educate people about us.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 30, 2012 12:20:04 PM

  5. We had this argument in VA years ago when the amendment was on the ballot - and it didn't work. They didn't care about how the amendment could hurt them, all they saw was the word "gay." Good luck, North Carolina.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Apr 30, 2012 1:52:55 PM

  6. Just wait till ads quoting Dan Savage's tirade hits.

    Posted by: Cassandra | Apr 30, 2012 3:18:42 PM

  7. it's just going to make the day when the Supreme Court overthrows all of these laws out 6 - 3 that much sweeter

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 30, 2012 9:11:32 PM

  8. This was in the "related videos" links:!

    It's a North Carolina parent standing up for her lesbian daughter and against this amendment. Thought it was nice.

    Posted by: C | May 1, 2012 7:54:30 AM

  9. you are aware that this isnt just about same sex marriage right?! that it effects everyone... that god forbid you guys get divorced.... you would be effected by this.

    Posted by: frustrated by ignorance | May 4, 2012 10:13:59 AM

  10. Hello, wake up world! God has been against this action from the very beginning. He destroyed two whole countries because of gay and lesbian activities. Those countries were: Sodom and Gomorah. God also says in His word that homosexuality is an abomination.

    Posted by: God's not PLEASED | May 8, 2012 7:23:56 PM

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