UPDATE: The resolution to support a radical revision to the NC Constitution passed on a secret vote orchestrated by Paul Coble.
Wow. I know those of us in Durham and Orange (Chapel Hill/Carrboro) counties don't have to worry about garbage like this coming up for a debate, but Wake County, the seat of state government, is not a known as part of the progressive nexus of the Research Triangle area. I am saddened to see this, but people in Wake who oppose Amendment One, which would ban not only same-sex marriage, but eliminate domestic partnerships already in place in some cities and counties, and preclude any consideration of civil unions, need to make their voices heard today at 2PM. From Neighbors for Equality, the alarm has been sounded...
On Monday, February 20 at 2pm, the Wake County Board of Commissioners will decide the fate of a resolution in support of Amendment One. The resolution is being introduced by Republican Paul Coble (@PaulCobleNC), Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. Coble is running for US Congress in the 13th Congressional District this year.
The resolution is titled, "Resolution In Support of Voter Participation in the May 8, 2012 Amendment to the North Carolina Constitution Protecting Marriage." Its summary reads:
"The North Carolina General Assembly voted to place an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution before the voters on May 8, 2012. The amendment recognizesthat marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union recognized in this State. The amendment will ensure that judges will adjudicate based on the law and not on activism, and keep the judiciary from redefining marriage inconsistent with the North Carolina Statutes."
Neighbors for Equality encourages our neighbors in Wake County to make their presence known on Monday afternoon and share with the County Commissioners why Amendment One is harmful and why they are voting against this measure on May 8.
Meeting Time: Monday, 2/20, 2pm
Meeting Location: Wake County Courthouse, 7th floor, Room 700
Public Comment: Sign up before the meeting. Comments from the public will be received at 2:30 p.m. for 30 minutes. A signup sheet for those who wish to speak during the public comments section of the meeting is located in the back of the Boardroom.
We will be covering the Wake County resolution throughout the day today and will also live tweet the Amendment One portion of the meeting this afternoon. Follow #WakeResolution for live updates.
Are your city council members or county commissioners taking action on Amendment One? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can activate an ACTION ALERT for our followers!
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CONTACT WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
E-mail the Wake County Commissioners and tell them to vote against the resolution this afternoon endorsing Amendment One.
Paul Coble | Chair | District 7
Phil Matthews | Vice Chair | District 2
Joe Bryan | District 1
Tony Gurley | District 3
Ervin Portman | District 4
James West | District 5
Betty Lou Ward | District 6