Charlotte political figures team up against Amendment One

Charlotte political figures team up against Amendment One

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 7:02 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An unlikely duo joined forces to urge North Carolinians to vote against Amendment One.

The web video released Tuesday features two of Charlotte’s most well-known political figures—former Democratic Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt and former Republican Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot.
 
The two acknowledge in the web ad that they come from different sides of the aisle.

“Now we don't always agree on everything, but we agree on this. You ought to vote against Amendment One,” the two say together.

Chris Mcleod is co-founder of Straight Allies, a group of heterosexuals against Amendment One.

She said seeing Gantt and Vinroot join forces sends a clear message.

“I think it says this isn’t a partisan issue. These are both very well respected lawmakers and I think the fact that they agree on this should tell all of us we need to do our homework,” Mcleod said.  “It was part of our greatest aspiration in starting Straight Allies Charlotte is that people from both sides of the aisle could come together and see the danger of this vaguely worded amendment and what it could do to our families and children.”
 
The ad touches on parts of the amendment that haven't gotten a lot of attention.

Both men address what a UNC School of Law study found, that the amendment’s vague language could mean all kinds of unexpected court battles for people in heterosexual relationships.
 
“It’s unnecessary and may have serious unintended consequences,” Vinroot says in the ad.

“And some of those consequences may harm women, children and families and even worse, Amendment One writes discrimination into our constitution,” Gantt added.

Supporters say the amendment simply puts the definition of marriage in the constitution.

The issue is on the May 8 primary ballot.

Click the video player below to watch the ad.

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