Freedom to Marry Decries Passage of Anti-Gay Amendment in North Carolina


Blasts “sham” of putting measure on May ballot

Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry

(New York, NY, September 13, 2011) – Today, the North Carolina legislature approved an amendment to the state’s constitution that would deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry.   Below is a statement from Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, on the vote:

“This nasty attack amendment is a tremendous blow to loving, committed same-sex couples across North Carolina who want to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and to protect their families.  To try to preempt the conversations taking place across North Carolina about same-sex couples and why marriage matters by cementing discrimination into the constitution is unfair and wrong.  And politically scheming to put such a cruel and discriminatory measure on a low-turnout Republican presidential primary ballot is a sham designed to circumvent the majority of North Carolina voters, who polls say, oppose this amendment and the injury it will inflict not just on families, but the state.”

Freedom to Marry played an active role in helping Equality North Carolina fight the amendment, mobilizing our members in the state to contact their lawmakers and contributing $20,000 to support the hiring of a lobbyist to help secure votes.  


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.