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Former Charlotte Mayors Harvey Gantt and Richard Vinroot Speak Out Against Anti-Gay NC 'Amendment One': VIDEO


Protect all NC Families has just released a powerful ad in which former Charlotte, North Carolina mayors Harvey Gantt and Richard Vinroot speak out against Amendment One, which would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage and other gay unions.


Nc4Vinroot, a Morehead scholar, a UNC basketball player, and a Bronze Star holder for his military service, is the first major Republican statewide figure to record an ad against an anti-LGBT amendment.

Gantt, the first African American to enroll at Clemson, to serve as Mayor of Charlotte and tob e nominated for statewide elective office in NC, is among the first Black statewide political figures to record an ad against an anti-LGBT amendment. Gantt is also closely involved with the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Says Vinroot: "[Amendment One] is unnecessary and may have serious unintended consequences."

Adds Gantt: "And some of those consequences may harm women, children and families throughout North Carolina."

The mayors also point out the the negative economic impact of Amendment One and the fact that it would write discrimination into the constitution. Never before have the two mayors appeared together to oppose a statewide ballot measure.


Help out the campaign to defeat Amendment One here.

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  1. Wake me up when a GOP politician warns against the INTENDED harm of a law like Amendment 1.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 10, 2012 11:23:29 AM

  2. Er? Bobn? What part of "Vinroot.... is the first major Republican against an anti-LGBT amendment" did you miss?

    Posted by: Scott | Apr 10, 2012 11:31:19 AM

  3. It's heartening to see this. It would be wonderful to think that the beginning of the end of the so-called "base" of the republicon party is nigh. Of course, a republicon party that rejects the religio-extremist base and focuses on things like the economy, civil equality for all American citizens, getting the federal deficit under control, reducing government waste and reforming the very unfair and inequitable tax system might just take the wind out of the Democratic Party's already somewhat flaccid sails.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 10, 2012 12:47:42 PM

  4. Er? Scott? Did you listen to his reasons?

    He's worried about "unintended consequences" to straight couples. Boo, fricken, hoo. Guess he's be all in favor of a better-crafted law...

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 10, 2012 12:50:27 PM

  5. I remember Gantt: he ran against Jesse Helms. Unfortunately didn't win, but still, there was hope!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Apr 10, 2012 1:15:20 PM

  6. These are two solid citizens that we really need in our corner. Thank you gentlemen.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 10, 2012 9:58:56 PM

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