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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- With the primary election on Tuesday, North Carolina Amendment One passed and passed by a large margin. One group here in Wilmington does not accept the amendment and Friday night held a rally to begin their fight against it. At the small Memorial to the 1898 Race Riot, on Third street a group gathered to share their shock and sorrow. Amy Sclag spoke at the protest. “I was totally surprised, I was completely prepared for the vote itself and the outcome of the vote I was at dinner because I didn't want to watch the returns come in, but was surprised at the final tallies I thought it would be a little bit closer.” This group is dedicated to their cause and sees the vote on the amendment as merely a step along the way. Amy thinks this is the time for the group to organize their opposition. “I think that the task is not to stop, I think there was a mix of anger, betrayal, a sense of I’m leaving the state, myself included and I don't want to do it anymore. I think we have to compare ourselves and think about all of the past social justice movements that have taken place and they all begin with huge series of losses before there is any win, so I think it is important to remember that and don't stop .” Deb Butler, is the Democratic candidate for the District 9 North Carolina Senate seat, she will face Thom Goolsby in November. She feels the amendment does more harm than good. “You know you got to defer to the experts sometimes I think that the measure was ill drawn. ill conceived it's punitive, it diminishes rights instead of expanding them which is what we do with constitutional amendments historically in this country I think it's fairly un-American to do this to people and we shall see the fight will continue I'm sure.” The group here vows to fight on against Amendment One, other groups are organized across the state and there has already been talk of legal challenges to the state’s newest amendment.

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