Amendment One loses locally, but wins state ***UPDATED***

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.


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

18 thoughts on “Amendment One loses locally, but wins state ***UPDATED***

  1. uh-oh

    Maybe they should add it to the ten Commandments as well. As it is these “moral” concerned citizens are forcing people to continue to commit adultery, which happens to be covered in the ten big offenses.

    I would feel better not legally recognizing any union as it discriminates often against single people.

  2. Bjorn

    The last time North Carolina amended their constitution on marriage it was 1875 to ban interracial marriage. If the Civil Rights of everyone aren’t protected, then no one’s Civil Rights are safe.

  3. Dionysis

    North Carolina has been perceived by many throughout the country as a more progressive state than most Southern states, a trend that has been developing for some years now. Many businesses have embraced a more tolerant, inclusive attitude when it comes to domestic partnerships and the provision of benefits to these people. A piece on NPR this morning, where business owners were interviewed, showed a lot of worry on their part over this national embarrassment.

    The thumpers have set the state back a few decades.

  4. Matthew Burd

    Damn those who disempower.
    Blast those who discriminate.
    Curse those who let themselves be lead blindly.
    Chide those who place their dogma over their humanity.

    Neo-zealot Christian fascism is the new pop.
    If you do not conform you will be chastised.

    • bill smith

      “If you do not conform you will be chastised.”

      You could say the same for any clique in asheville.

  5. Bjorn

    Amendment 1 is dangerous because it denies everyone’s civil rights. It only passed because it was framed as a morality issue, which if there was true separation of church & state should never have gotten on the ballot.

  6. Dionysis

    The religious right and the other forces that are celebrating the results can now proudly proclaim that they were victorious in making sure that those who wish to marry have as their only mechanism an institution that has slightly better than a 50% failure rate, which is trending even higher.

    So, you wish to marry the person you love? No problem, as long as that person is of the opposite gender and you promise to enter into a decaying and antiquated social structure that produces more failures than success. Heck of a victory.

  7. bill smith

    Geez, sparky. All he did was smile. That’s totally not even the e-gloat-icon. Let him have his small victory that will be repealed in the courts.

  8. bill smith

    So, this seems like a pointless effort by the Republicans in NC. It pretty much just affirms existing law. And it will likely be repealed in court. BUT if it forced Obama to announce his ‘personal’ support for gay marriage, then it *might* end up costing Obama NC in the election in Nov.

    Was this the GOP’s plan in NC with Amendment 1?

  9. Dionysis

    Ironic that the political party that historically mouths platitudes about ‘individual freedom’ and ‘keeping government out of people’s lives’ and the like show their true authoritarian, anti-liberty colors by gloating over how they’ve reduced others’ freedoms.

    I guess they have to take solace when they can get it, since they’ve offered nothing of substance beyond pushing their sanctimonious ‘social values’ slash-and-burn campaign.

    They’ll be relegated soon enough to the dust heep of history, much like Luddites, Flat Earthers and pro-slavery types in times past.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.