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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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57 Comments on "Group against gay marriage ban ends cross-state trip in Wilmington"

2015 years 9 months ago

We Do Have Laws about same sex. Just a few months ago. A Pender Co. Deputy Sheriff Cpt. was arrested in Wilmington during the wee hours of the night in the act and Charged with “UnNatural Acts.” A few days later it was publicly revealed that the Capt. Sheriff Deputy picked up a male prostitute. The Laws already are written. Just obey them.

2015 years 9 months ago

there is a very good reason why same sex marriage hasn’t taken hold anywhere since the bigining of time until now…..BECAUSE IT IS WRONG AND NASTY.

2015 years 9 months ago

Normal, I CHOOSE to call you an uneducated, ignorant IDIOT. There, now THAT was a choice. Back woods bigot.

2015 years 9 months ago

Finally, You wrote somthing I can agree with 100%. Our rights under the Constitution are undeniable and anyone who tries to take them should pay a big price.

2015 years 9 months ago

If you want to marry a person of the same sex or the opposite sex it should be no one’s business but your own. It certainly isn’t mine or anyone else’s. As much hate as there is in the world, it should be a joyous occasion when two people find love, regardless of sexual orientation. To sum it up, if you mind your own business then you won’t be minding mine or theirs.


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