Summary of endorsements against Amendment One plus downloadable flyer:

DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THIS LIST TO DISTRIBUTE at the polls or check inside after the jump for the flyer info:

Here is what the flyer says. It was not possible to fit all the people and groups on one page, go to the Who We Are section at http://www.protectncfamilies.org for a more complete list of business leaders, faith leaders and others against the amendment:

Confused about the proposed amendment to the NC Constitution? This will help.

You may have heard it called the Defense of Marriage Act, the anti-gay marriage bill or simply Amendment One. All of these names refer to the one amendment you will be asked to vote on when you cast your ballot for candidates on May 8. If you are not sure if you should vote for or against it, one thing you can do is look over this list of some of the people and organizations recommending that you vote AGAINST the amendment. If you see a person or group whose judgment you trust on this list and want to take their advice, you should fill in the AGAINST box on your ballot.


BUSINESS LEADERS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT:
Over 100 CEO's and other business leaders from all parts of the state have spoken out as individuals against the amendment, including Jim Rogers of Duke Energy Corp, Bob Page, CEO, Replacements, Ltd.; Catherine Bessant, Bank of America Global Technology and Operations Executive; Martin Eakes, CEO of Self Help and the Center for Responsible Lending; Barbara Goodmon, president of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation; Andy and Barbara Rotchschild, principals of Scientific Properties; Scott Custer, CEO of Piedmont Community Bank; Joseh DeSimone, founder of Liquidia Technologies; Ken Eudy, CEO, Capstrat ; Shelly Green, CEO, Durham's Convention and Visitors Bureau; Gary Kueber, CEO, Scientific Properties; Kel Landis, Partner, Plexus Capital and former CEO, RBC Centura Bank; Easter Maynard, Head of Charitable Giving, Golden Corral; Aaron Nelson, President and CEO, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce; and many more.

PROFESSIONAL LEADERS & ASSOCIATIONS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: Law experts at every school of law in North Carolina; North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys; National Association of Social Workers NC; The North Carolina Psychological Association; the North Carolina Pediatric Society; the North Carolina Psychological Association, the North Carolina Psychiatric Association; National Association of Social Workers; North Carolina Chapter and the Carolinas Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED); and more.

RELIGIOUS LEADERS & GROUPS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: North Carolina Council of Churches; Episcopal Diocese of NC; the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists; The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina; plus over 500 pastors, reverends, priests, chaplins and rabbis leading Baptist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, Episcopal, Methodist, AME, Lutheran, Metropolitan, Unitarian Universalist, Jewish, Quaker, Buddist and inter-faith communities across North Carolina. You can see a more complete list of religious groups opposing the amendment at www.protectncfamilies.org/faith.

CIVIC & COMMUNITY GROUPS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: NC NAACP; ACLU-NC; Advocates for Justice; Self-Help; Action NC; ARC of NC; Covenant with North Carolina's Children; Democracy North Carolina; Disability Rights North Carolina; El Pueblo; Institute for Southern Studies; Latin American Coalition; Lillian's List of NC; NARAL Pro-Choice NC; North Carolina National Organization for Women; A. Philip Randolph Institute; North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence; North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault; North Carolina Justice Center; North Carolina Policy Watch; Planned Parenthood Health Systems; Planned Parenthood of Central NC; Southern Coalition for Social Justice; TrustWomenNC; and many more.

POLITICAL LEADERS & GROUPS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: President Barack Obama; Sen. Kay Hagan (Dem.); Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (GOP); Gov. Bev Purdue; John Hood, President of the conservative John Locke Foundation; Bob Orr, former justice of the N.C. Supreme Court; Charlotte's former Mayor Harvey Gantt (Dem.); Charlotte's former Mayor Richard Vinroot (Repub.); Raleigh City Council; Durham City Council ; City of Greenville, NC; Asheville City Council ; Greensboro City Council; Chapel Hill Town Council; Orange County Board of Commissioners; NC Democratic Party; Libertarian Party of NC; Log Cabin Republicans; College Democrats of NC; Young Democrats of NC; Progressive Democrats of NC; Not Right NC (Republicans Against Amendment One); North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials; and many more.

For a web page of this list, including a link to the downloadable flyer you can hand out on Election Day to voters, please visit http://www.progressnc.org/2012/05/summary-of-endorsements-against-amendment-one.html.

Here is the direct link to the downloadable flyer: http://www.progressnc.org/Endorsement%20Flyer.pdf

Comments

Please note:

This list was written to reach people who are not politically active or who have been too busy to pay attention. It is not intended as a comprehensive list. In making decisions about what there was room to include and what had to be left out, we made the assumption that members of Equality NC, Protect NC families and other various organizations against the Amendment already know to vote against it and gave the room available on the flyer to other people and groups.

Katy Munger,
Progress North Carolina Action
www.progressncaction.org

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

WRAL ran a story saying business leaders were silent on this

BUSINESS LEADERS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: Over 100 CEO's and other business leaders from all parts of the state have spoken out as individuals against the amendment, including Jim Rogers of Duke Energy Corp, Bob Page, CEO, Replacements, Ltd.; Catherine Bessant, Bank of America Global Technology and Operations Executive; Martin Eakes, CEO of Self Help and the Center for Responsible Lending; Barbara Goodmon, president of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation; Andy and Barbara Rotchschild, principals of Scientific Properties; Scott Custer, CEO of Piedmont Community Bank; Joseh DeSimone, founder of Liquidia Technologies; Ken Eudy, CEO, Capstrat ; Shelly Green, CEO, Durham's Convention and Visitors Bureau; Gary Kueber, CEO, Scientific Properties; Kel Landis, Partner, Plexus Capital and former CEO, RBC Centura Bank; Easter Maynard, Head of Charitable Giving, Golden Corral; Aaron Nelson, President and CEO, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce; and many more.

That doesn't look silent to me.

Being "fair and balanced" or whatever their slogan is, is no excuse for being inaccurate.

I saw that, too

And when I read it, I was like... huh? I have no idea how WRAL could have missed all the statements being made by business leaders opposed to the amendment. They do seem to have an extreme tilt to the conservative side there.