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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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  • GuestReality

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

  • oldmanisabigot

    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.

  • Guest43

    You LOST! Get over it!

  • 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!!!!!

  • Guest2020

    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.

  • southernborn54

    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.

  • Old Man

    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.

  • Old Man

    “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.

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