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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A North Carolina woman has run hundreds of miles in the past few weeks to raise awareness about a proposed Constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages in North Carolina.

“Now it’s in the people’s hands to decide whether they want to keep North Carolina on the right side of history or write discrimination into the Constitution,” Jen Jones said during a visit to UNCW today.

Jones is a part of the group Race to the Ballot, and she has done just that. In the past five weeks, she has run 322 miles from Asheville to Wilmington.

“We figured they’d watch a 5’6″, 240-pound girl try to run across the state,” Jones said.

Along the way they rallied students against Amendent One, set to be on the May 8 ballot.

“It’s not just going to affect me,” UNCW student Alex Gibson said. “It’s going to affect everybody in North Carolina who is not married. It’s just a silly law.”

Since Race to the Ballot started back in January, about 1,400 students from all over the state have registered to vote and signed the pledge to vote against Amendment One.

“It’s an amendment that hurts families, it hurts women, it hurts children in our state, and it threatens protections for all unmarried couples in the State of North Carolina,” Jones said.

The Port City is the group’s last stop. It’s a decision Jones says was very appropriate.

“We know you have a very inclusive and diverse population here,” she said. “Lots of people who would be impacted by amendment one and harmed by it.”

Race to the Ballot is having a rally downtown at Riverfront Park from 5 until 9 p.m.

We reached out to several conservative groups at UNCW for reaction. They have not gotten back to us for comment.

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WilmingtonMAJ
2016 years 2 months ago

Normal…me thinks you rant too much. How many times have you tapped your toes under the stall door. In any event, you are obviously not a christian, as they supposedly have love in their hearts. In any event, as a proud gay man I can tell you I did not choose a more difficult life. Why would anyone choose it? By that same logic, you chose then to be straight, meaning you could easily enough have sex with a person of the same gender and it not disgust you. Your ignorance and bigotry is unfortunately all too… Read more »

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Guest Lee
2016 years 2 months ago

Why are you singling out Chritians as the only ones who don’t support gay marriage? There are plenty of us who aren’t religious but we don’t support that type of lifestyle. It has nothing to do with hate. I believe there is a right and a wrong, and I believe gay marriage is wrong. It has nothing to do with my going to church or not.

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Guest Lee
2016 years 2 months ago

I totally agree with your post. I feel the same exact way.

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Guest Lee
2016 years 2 months ago

Gee…I was just thinking the same thing about your post.

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Commonsensenotcommontoday
2016 years 2 months ago

Perhaps you can now agree that we are governed by a constitution, and not the Bible. People have a RIGHT to sin.

As Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of independence, “life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If being gay makes them happy, so be it. That’s their business.

They may (or may not) burn in hell for eternity, but as long as they are here on earth, they deserve the same protections and rights under law that you or I possess.

This amendment goes far beyond stopping gay marriage, it insures that they are denied rights they are legally… Read more »

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