NC Libertarian Party announces opposition to Amendment One

Full announcement from the Coalition to Protect All NC Families:

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Libertarian Party today declared its formal opposition to Amendment One. The state’s third-largest party is encouraging its members, as well as all other voters, regardless of party affiliation, to vote against the constitutional amendment on the May 8 primary ballot.

J.J. Summerell, chair of the North Carolina Libertarian Party, declared the Libertarian Party’s unequivocal opposition to Amendment One.

“We oppose Amendment One simply because it’s badly designed,” Summerell said in a video released today by Protect All NC Families, the official coalition effort to defeat Amendment One.

Summerell went on to explain how the amendment could harm millions of North Carolina families, women and children by potentially impacting contract agreements between individuals, stripping health care from children of unmarried couples and invalidating domestic violence laws meant to protect unmarried North Carolinians.

Amendment One, Summerell says, is “fraught with far-reaching, unintended consequences.”

In his own Protect All NC Families video, Mike Munger, a professor at Duke University and the NC Libertarian Party’s 2008 gubernatorial candidate, discussed the genuine uncertainty surrounding Amendment One harms.

The amendment “encumbers contract arrangements between all sorts of other people in ways we can’t even begin to imagine,” Munger said.

He went on to say that, through the amendment, “government is making a choice about which kinds of arrangements families can raise children in.”

While legal experts debate how widespread the negative impacts of the amendment will be, Munger suggests there is no question about whether the amendment’s passage would definitively hurt North Carolina’s citizens and economy.

“The effects of this law are going to be substantial; they are going to be economic and they are going to affect people all over the state,” said Munger.

The North Carolina Libertarian Party now joins the North Carolina Democratic Party as well as many high-profile state Democratic and Republican politicians who have urged North Carolinians to vote against Amendment One on May 8.

“This latest declaration against Amendment One further reveals that opposition to the amendment is not only growing, but growing in all parts of the political spectrum,” said Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for Protect All NC Families. “The proposed constitutional amendment is not a conservative measure, but an extreme and unnecessary act that reaches into people’s personal lives at the expense of the entire state.”


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  1. I oppose the adoption of Amendment One into the North Carolina Constitution.

    Amendment One directly subverts government’s only proper function in a free society, which is the protection of individual rights, and, instead, allows government to violate unalienable individual rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness based purely on religious grounds.

    Amendment One violates individual rights by preventing free adults from using their best judgment regarding social contracts. Individuals have the right of association, the right of contract and the right of freedom of action without interference by others or by the government.

    Amendment One represents the conflation of church and state by codifying religious precepts in a law that forces everyone to adopt, in practice, the religious views of a majority. Law should at all times reflect a strict separation of religion and government.

    Amendment One appeals to mob rule to determine right and wrong by delegating the right to violate rights through an electoral process. No individual, no majority, no society, no government has the right to violate rights.

    It is for these reasons that Amendment One is immoral and should be opposed by all defenders of liberty.


  2. Barry Summers

    Well, it really is true. Even a broken clock is right once a day.

    I know, I know:

    MODERATOR! This is where the thread became uncivil…

    • Mike Munger

      Barry Summers: I think you meant….

      “A broken clock is right TWICE a day.” At least, the clocks I know of.

      So, can we throw in capital punishment? Libertarians also oppose capital punishment.

      That way, even though we are broken, we are right on those TWO things, and your broken clock metaphor is apt.

  3. mat catastrophe

    Broken clocks are right *twice* a day, silly.

    I would have called you “dingleberry” but I am trying to elevate the discourse above your ad hominem attacks on Mr. Peck.


  4. Barry Summers

    Aha! But one of those times is at night, so it doesn’t count. There!! I’ve run rings round you logically, Peck-style.

    Victory!!! Vote No on Amendment One!! Victory!!!

  5. “MODERATOR! This is where the thread became uncivil…” By Barry Summers

    I’m right every hour of the day.

    • bill smith

      Is crying to the Moderators really the libertarian approach?

      Also, no one is always right. Seriously. That’s just silly.

  6. Barry Summers

    I’m right every hour of the day

    …and other Randian fantasies completely unsupported by facts.

  7. Thanks for making me the subject of this thread. I am much more interesting than Amendment One.

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