Group protests Amendment One in Wilmington

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Submitted: Sat, 05/12/2012 - 3:48am
Updated: Mon, 05/14/2012 - 10:19am

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.


  • Guest2020 says:

    I hope Goolsby wins again. If this group had the support they needed, then the amendment wouldn’t have passed on Tuesday, especially by such an overwhelming margin. The people of North Carolina have spoken.

    And this is not a social injustice. The “white” and “colored” water fountains were a social injustice. Making black people sit in the back of the bus was a social injustice. Not allowing interracial marriage was a social injustice. Being black and interracial marriage are not immoral. The people were wrong to discriminate against them.

    Homosexuality is immoral. Homosexual acts are a choice. The color of a person’s skin is not a choice and is not immoral. We the people of North Carolina proved that as a whole we are a moral people and we would like to keep our state that way.

  • SMBeez says:

    Well I just want to join in this protest. While we are at it we should protest the sun rising in the morning. We should protest water being wet. I think a good protest is that fish swim. I am so tired of all these fish swimming!!!!! I just want to voice my opinion about the natural order of things!!!! Nature is wrong so let us do our best to make unnatural things the way to be!!!! Oh Yeah!!! Down with breathing air!!!! Let’s breath, um, peanut butter!!!!!

  • Guest43 says:

    You LOST! Get over it!

  • oldmanisabigot says:

    So OldMan, I’m guessing you’re old enough that 50 years ago you were telling black people to go back to Africa if they didn’t like separate water fountains, separate restrooms, separate schools, and the back of the bus?

    You’re not going to keep gays and lesbians at the back of the bus much longer.

  • GuestReality says:

    Well, Thom…you’ve got my vote in November!

  • Old Man says:

    “One group here in Wilmington does not accept the amendment”…so what? There are many things in our state and national constitutions that I might take issue with, but I have learned that the majority of our citizenry approves, and I have to make a choice…either live with it, or leave. I urge all who disapprove of this amendment to do the same…either live with it, or leave…preferably leave, as far as I’m concerned.

  • Old Man says:

    You don’t know me well enough to call me a bigot.

    As for gays and lesbians, they have the same right I do to get married. There’s no discrimination there. I just have to marry someone of the opposite sex.

    If I choose to not be married, I can, by will or contract, pass on any or all of my property to whomever I choose. If I have a dependent living with me, I can provide health care coverage for that dependent. If I am afraid of another, with provable cause, I can get a protection order against them.

    I just wouldn’t be married. That term applies, as the law of the land now states, as approved by an overwhelming majority of those who cared, only to a man and woman.

    Learn to deal with it or leave. That is your right.

  • southernborn54 says:

    Everybody wants a Democratic America. Unless they lose. If all the people screaming about the injustice had voted it would have seen the defeat of the amendment. If 1.1 percent more of North Carolinian’s had voted against it it would have failed. you did not get off your rears and vote. you lost. Whose fault is that. If you wish to blame anyone blame yourself. The people for the amendment did it the right way. They voted. The person responsible for the defeat is as close as your nearest mirror.

  • GuestReality says:

    It doesn’t matter what they do either before or after the vote. What matters is what happens ON THE DAY of the vote; and the majority of North Carolians voted FOR the constitutional amendment. That’s the reality of it.

  • anne says:

    Your right to protest – it passed by a large margin. The people of NC have spoken. And to the lady that was on the news last night that said she was leaving the state, goodbye! Just remember – 29 other states passed the same amendment.

  • Voting Guest says:

    I’d just like to say that this is a positive example of our American way. As a state, an amendment was written and voted on by individual residents of this State. Thats America at its best. You may not like the result, but the MAJORITY view has been expressed. The ONLY thing expressly clarified is the definition of marriage in North Carolina. It did not remove any perceived rights, did not limit any individuals liberties in this state, or change the lives of any resident of North Carolina. It defined marriage, period.

    If you don’t like it, its just something you’ll have to work through. Its the collective opinion/belief of our State. Having the ability to express and vote on that opinion is America at its best.

  • americanway says:

    No, it probably didn’t have any immediate impact on anyone because it didn’t change existing law. It did set the stage for a lot of people to lose partner benefits, which WILL negatively impact their lives.

    And it did more than define marriage. It closed the door on the State being able to provide legal recognition of civil unions or domestic partnerships. Before Amendment One, if the legislature saw fit they could have passed a law. Now when that day comes the Constitution will have to be changed again.

    The MOST negative, most UN-American thing about Amendment One is that the rights of a minority group were put up for a popular vote, and the majority voted to say that rights cannot be granted to that group.

    It would be like having a vote to decide if freedom of religion should only apply to Christians.

  • Guest824 says:

    Good for them.

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    If you notice the amount of progress Mr. Goolsby has accomplished since he’s been in Raleigh, I don’t think his challenger has any chance at all. He has been very responsive to voters, especially anti annexation residents. He ACTUALLY did something.

    Dems have done something too. They have paid “hush money” to keep a sexual harassment story from hitting the papers. And they continue to ignore the overwhelming will of the people.

    When Deb Butler hooked her carriage to a losing cause, it spelled doom for her at election time.

    As Gov. Pewdu said, “Get over it”.

  • Guester says:

    So tell me who are the experts Deb? homosexuals? You? And why is it un-American to vote on an issue? When the outcome doesn’t fit your agenda? The people have spoken but you don’t accept it. I’m sure that will work well for you in Raleigh.

  • Guesttenheimer says:

    …it was fulfilled by many others that may not be Christians, yet still have a moral foundation. You see, the vast majority of people these days know what the function of their sex organs are, are NOT confused about their gender, are NOT confused as to being gay, straight, bi or whatever and playing all options at a whim. Most people still enjoy procreation by having children and subsequent grandchildren. Gay couples cannot procreate and that ISN’T going to change come hell, high water, wish, hate or threaten!

  • consciencethis says:

    It’s about whether people should be able to use the Constitution to impose their moral foundation on another group of people. Someone else in this thread made the argument that they are free to vote their conscience. But THAT is precisely why the rights of a group of people should NOT be put up for a popular vote! If people had just been allowed to vote their conscience in the 1960s, we’d still have Jim Crow laws. Hell, in South Carolina (1998) and Alabama (2000) roughly 40% of the people voted that they wanted the interracial marriage bans left in their Constitutions, even though they had been declared invalid by the Supreme Court in 1967.

    The U.S. Constitution was set up so that the majority rules, but the rights of the minority are protected. The 14th Amendment is there so that nobody can be legislated into “second class citizen” status, be it African-Americans, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, Jews, Hindus, Wiccans, or Muslims.

    Eventually the amendments against gay marriage will not stand up to the 14th Amendment.

  • procreationoptional says:

    I didn’t realize that procreation was a requirement to get married! I can’t procreate but the state of North Carolina let me and my wife get married anyway. There are plenty of couples getting married who are past child-bearing age too.

    And a same-sex couple that wants to be married is NOT playing all options at a whim… they’re entering into a lifetime partnership! But then we all know how well heterosexuals have done with THAT.

  • jerald says:

    One media outlet says “dozens”. The other, “hundreds”. Go figure. I’m sure they could have rallied more supporters if they had simply held the event at a different location – didn’t they realize that blacks voted 2-to-1 in favor of the amendment? Well played .0001%’ers, well played.

  • Guest 4545 says:

    Why is it that some folks think they can overturn a legitimate vote by protesting and bringing race into the equation?
    With all the noise you would think the LBGT community was 50% of the general population. Where were these people on Election Day?
    This protest is a by-product of political correctness and watching Barney as a kid, not everybody can be a winner.

  • robo says:

    Why is this even news? The issue has been decided.The voters have spoken in a large majority. These people are sore losers.

  • taxpayeriam says:

    This is about as much to do over this as Romney’s and is friends is school over 40 years ago.
    People get a live and news reporters need to start first and cover things that are prevalent,not things like gay bars in NC are going to have less out of state visitors because of amendment one.It seems the visitor councils in some city have already said visits from out of state gays have drop in 2 days just read what was said locate article and read what bi-as is in

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    The, moral, majority have spoken.

    Wilmington Observer

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