The controversial Amendment One, declaring “that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized” in North Carolina, won statewide last night, despite losing in Asheville and other urban centers throughout the state.
With 2,067,251 ballots cast, 1,266,860 voters (61.2 percent) voted for the Amendment, and 475,010 (38.7 percent) against. Voters in Buncombe County, however, went the other way, with all precincts reporting, 35,768 voters (51.4 percent) were against the amendment, and 33,702 (48.5 percent) for.
“We opened a lot of hearts and minds to an issue that had been very taboo in this state and in the South,” Liz MacNeil, the regional coordinator for the Coalition to Protect All NC Families, told Xpress, who thanked her volunteers and believes their efforts will bear fruit. “We’ve activated hundreds of organizations, faith communities, college campuses across the state and nationally. There are going to be a lot of people fighting for what the Amendment’s taken away.”
The coalition issued a statement on the results, declaring “together, we have proven to North Carolina and the entire country that fear tactics, discrimination, and division may compete with love, compassion, and solidarity in the short term, but we know that the time is coming for true equality.”
The pro-Amendent One Vote For Marriage organization, who worked along with local, has yet to issue a statement. But the Washington Post quotes organization head Tami Fitzgerald as saying the results send “a message to the rest of the country that marriage is between one man and one woman … the whole point is simply that you don’t rewrite the nature of God’s design based on the demands of a group of adults.”
Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones, who easily won a spot in the Democratic primary, expressed pride in local opposition to the amendment.
“I’m just grateful to live in a place that really made a statement about the importance of dignity for all people and equal rights,” Jones says.