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.