Here's an easy way to take a public stand against the amendment

The Vote Against Project - Welcome! from Vote Against Project on Vimeo.

Lend your face to the cause. Tour dates below the fold. Find out when the photo shoot will be happening near you!

On May 8, 2012, voters in North Carolina will decide if they want to etch discrimination into our state’s constitution.

Raleigh photographer Curtis Brown, outraged at the harm this would cause many families in his home state, started this project with the help of a team of dedicated volunteers.

I'm submitting this blog without a lot of commentary because I think the photos speak powerfully, and for themselves. Kudos to Mr. Brown, everyone involved with this project, and to those lining up to lend their image to the cause of equality. Check out the tour dates below, and keep an eye on their site as more get posted!

January 24th –
Raleigh, Talley Student Center – NCSU Campus
11:30am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-7:30pm

January 26th –
Raleigh, Busy Bee @ The Hive – S Wilmington St
4pm – 9pm

January 28th –
Raleigh, Pullen Memorial Church – Hillsborough St

February 3rd –
Charlotte, Location Coming Soon!
Time TBD

February 17th –
Durham, Location Coming Soon!
Time TBD

February 11th –
Wilmington, Location Coming Soon!

February 23rd –
Greenville, Location Coming Soon!
Time TBD


So glad to see this!

Glad to see AGAINST is featured so prominently in this campaign. Let there be no confusion as there was in California when it came to Proposition 8 -- in North Carolina, if you are for fairness and respect of all North Carolinians,and equal rights for all North Ccarolinia families, vote AGAINST Amendment One.

Katy Munger,
Progress North Carolina Action

Lead, follow or get out of the way....

On the ballot

What will the wording be? For or Against? Yes or No? This is critical.


The question to be used in the voting systems and ballots shall be:

"[ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST

Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State."


it is. Thanks.












Against is right!

But is No is okay too. I met Evan Wolfson, Found and President of Freedom to Marry, while at an NC Crucial Conversation about amendment 1. I asked him about how precise the messaging needed to be. The impression I got was that Against & No are both effective messaging.

The key concern, as with Prop 8, was people not understanding if they wanted to support equality whether they should vote For or Against - not knowing whether voting in the affirmative or negative was helping their cause.

I think the best practices in the situation would be to defer to using the language on the ballot "against" if the space/messaging permits, but that NO is okay too. More important is making sure people know voting "against" is voting in support of equality.

I made up that No poster a long time ago

and it's definitely the wrong word to bet on.

Here's hoping the groups leading the charge start thinking tactically. I want to see AGAINST posters on the websites and in the windows of businesses all over North Carolina.

This is why I keep pushing for Duke Energy to fess up. The company is funding right wing candidates who will vote for laws that discriminate against their employees. They should at least be straight about it, no pun intended.

Let's make sure AGAINST AMENDMENT ONE is ubiquitous in our state long before the primary. You mission, should you decide to accept it, is to make AGAINST AMENDMENT ONE as prevalent as OCCUPY has been.

We have four months.


More language issues


Even if we as a community decide to use the word against, the words that come after that are still up for debate it seems. Protect NC Families is asking facebook likers what to call it. The ideas so far:

The amendment, the discrimination amendment, the anti-family amendment, the marriage discrimination amendment, the amendment to restrict marriage, the government approved relationships act amendment, the legalized bullying amendment, the relationship discrimination amendment, the anti-humanity amendment, the amendment to deny respect and protection for all, somehow its the governments business amendment, and the anti-marriage amendment. And those are just the ideas that have been come up with on facebook, I've heard many more ideas in other situations.

My contribution to the line of posts was:

The marriage discrimination amendment is the language I have been using. I remember someone at the NC Policy Watch crucial conversation, where Evan Wolfson from Freedom to Marry participated, mentioning that they tried to hold an anti-amendment event, but had trouble with coming up with the name, because anything that was truly comprehensive was way too long, and anything that was just focused on getting a good dig in against the amendment like the “terrible amendment” wouldn’t really make it clear what the event was about.

I seem to remember Evan mentioning marriage discrimination amendment, along with a few other choices, being fine terminology to use. It meets the criteria of 1) not being super long, 2) not catering to the other sides terminology, and 3) most anyone who sees this language will know what it is referring to even if they don’t have connections to the lgbt community and/or don’t know much about partnership laws in NC. If one uses marriage discrimination amendment or any other language on a flyer, or at an event, I think it is still important to go into all those extra details in the text of the flyer, or during the conversation at the event.

I'd also add that I think there may be room for tailoring the language on an event by event basis depending on the situation and knowledge level and interests of the event's participants. The more events the better.

I added that second part, because I think if you're convincing libertarians to vote against this then "somehow its the governments business amendment" is both amusing and appealing to them, if you're convincing straight domestic partners then "the amendment to deny respect and protection for all" might be good for its inclusiveness, maybe "the legalized bullying amendment" would work best at a gay-straight alliance, and so forth.

Personally I'm defaulting to Vote AGAINST the marriage discrimination amendment this May* as my default statement, unless the specific situation calls for something else.

*how to vote, and what to vote on aren't the only pieces of the statement up for discussion, it may not even happen in May depending on what happens with redistricting considerations if the primary is delayed as happened with the 2002 elections after the post-2000 census redistricting issues. The word "vote" is about the only thing that is stable in that statement, and we need people to do a lot more actions and organizing beyond just voting if we're going to beat this =p

This sounds right to me

There's always a risk of over-thinking, but it seems like "AGAINST" is the safe bet.

In the final analysis, people are a lot like other animals. Our simple minds don't process things a nuanced levels, and for most voters, the process of filling in a ballot is an act of civic duty, largely uninformed. Occam's Razor would suggest the simplest path:

The ballot will say "for" and "against." That language will be associated with the only amendment. We want people to fill in "against." Our messaging should be simple and clear.


As a voter, you will decide whether to amend our state's constitution to discriminate against your fellow citizens. Your vote against Amendment One is a vote AGAINST discrimination.

Amendment 1

My bumper sticker will read: Voting FOR Amendment 1 is a SIN!


Agree totally.

But I hope the morons who can't read in the car behind you don't think you're encouraging them to vote FOR SIN.

It may not pay to overestimate the intellectual abilities of the person who's tailgating you!

: )