Freedom to Marry Applauds President Obama’s Opposition to NC Anti-Gay Amendment

3/16/2012


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Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
jackie@freedomtomarry.org 
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WASHINGTON -- Today the White House issued a statement opposing an antigay amendment to North Carolina’s constitution that would ban recognition of the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Below is a statement in response from Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide:

The White House's strong restatement of President Obama's opposition to anti-gay measures such as the proposed discriminatory constitutional amendment in North Carolina is one more reason voters should reject such ugly attempts to divide Americans and put obstacles in the path of people seeking to take care of their loved ones in sickness and in health and in tough economic times.  It is wrong to deny loving and committed couples the freedom to marry, wrong to smuggle in language that would bar not only marriage but all other forms of recognition for families such as civil union or partnership, and wrong to write discrimination into the constitution.  Freedom to Marry applauds the President and urges voters in North Carolina and throughout the country to stay true to the Golden Rule of treating others as we ourselves would want to be treated.”

The proposed amendment language, below, would bar both marriage and all other family recognition for same-sex couples and their families:

Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contract.

The President’s statement comes as Freedom to Marry’s Democrats: Say I Do campaign urging Democrats to include a freedom to marry plank in the national Democratic platform has gained steam with support from 22 Democratic Senators, four House members including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, two state attorneys general, more than half a dozen co-chairs of President Obama’s reelection campaign, the chair of this year’s national Democratic Convention, and other prominent Democratic officials who have all publicly endorsed adding a freedom to marry plank to the 2012 Party Platform. 

Freedom to Marry has also called on the President to complete his journey and join the majority for marriage in its Say I Do, Mr. President campaign, which has more than 120,000 signatories.

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.