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NAACP Finds Voice In North Carolina Over Marriage Amendment

April 28, 2012

Some good news to report from the fight in North Carolina over an awful proposed marriage amendment.

A civil rights organization is using radio to urge North Carolina voters to oppose the proposed marriage amendment in the name of keeping discrimination out of the state constitution.

The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Thursday it’s started running radio spots across North Carolina as part of a multimedia effort to defeat the amendment.

“The polls and the politicians are asking the wrong questions on this discriminatory amendment, hatched in the backrooms of the extremist, rightwing think-tanks,” Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the civil rights group, said in a statement. “Our message is consistent: A vote on the same sex marriage amendment has nothing to do with your personal and religious opinion on same sex marriage but everything to do with whether or not you believe discrimination should be codified and legalized constitutionally. We should never seek to codify or vote discrimination into the very heart and frameworks of our Constitution.”

The May 8 referendum asks voters whether traditional marriage should be the only domestic legal union recognized in North Carolina.

In addition to the radio ads, the NAACP is rolling out an aggressive campaign which includes mailers and robocalls to tens of thousands of North Carolina voters

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