Keeping on the subject of North Carolina today, GetEQual is issuing this rather blunt warning to the legislators of North Carolina: “We will no longer accept state-sponsored hatred.” Anyone want to see if Dee Snyder will let them use the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It”? GetEQUAL NC and the national organization are planning, along with other LGBT equality groups to plan for the lead up to the vote next May as well as to put some pressure on the Democrats at their convention in Charlotte roughly one year from now.
Angel Chandler, GetEQUAL NC’s lead state organizer stated “Yesterday, the politicians of this state – my state — cemented their future legacies alongside those of George Wallace, Bull Connor, and the other most notorious bigots in America’s history. Today, we have a very clear message for them — the days when North Carolina’s LGBT population sat silently in their closets, too ashamed to stand up and fight this act of state-sponsored bigotry and hatred, are over. We are no longer willing to work within the confines of discrimination and hate displayed yesterday by North Carolina’s politicians. We are standing up, our voices will be heard, and we will work to disarm opponents of progress in this country by calling them out publicly for the nation to see their bigotry.”
President Barack Obama has been sitting on the fence when it comes to the issue of marriage equality, only willing to claim that his view is evolving. Darrien Bell of Candorville enjoyed poking fun on that when his main character Lemont Brown interviewed Obama’s evolving position on marriage equality…as it evolved from a protozoa up to a neanderthal and back again.
According to the Press Release:
GetEQUAL NC is leading the charge, demanding the President speak out publicly in support of marriage equality and specifically condemn yesterday’s vote by the North Carolina legislature to deny dignity and respect to this minority group of Americans.
President Obama’s public endorsement of marriage equality is important, as he will be spending a lot of time in North Carolina over the next year. In addition to today’s appearance in Raleigh to push his jobs bill, the fact that that Democratic National Convention will take place in Charlotte will make the state a political centerpiece in the general election. The President’s recent refusal to “evolve already” and return to his prior support for marriage equality as a State Senator in Illinois — coupled with the Convention taking place just months after the rights of a minority group will be put to a popular vote — will undoubtedly continue to set both the President and the Democratic Party up for very public tests of the Party’s commitment to LGBT “equal federal rights,” part of the Democratic Party platform (link: http://www.democrats.org/issues/civil_rights).
Director of GetEQUAL Robin McGehee stated “President Obama should listen to the whispers of past civil rights heroes in his ear and come out publicly for marriage equality — and direct his party to publicly fight for and defend the dignity of some of their staunchest supporters. It isn’t simply coincidence that the President held his largest LGBT re-election fundraiser in New York City the day before that state’s legislature voted in favor of marriage equality. It isn’t simply coincidence the President’s trip brings him to North Carolina at this pivotal moment in the lives of that state’s LGBT residents. It isn’t simply coincidence that the DNC convention will roll into Charlotte next year and could find the LGBT community in the state devastated by a hateful, destructive, and anti-family constitutional amendment. None of this is coincidence — it is the arc of the moral universe begging the President to bend it toward justice.”
President Obama’s Administration has condemned the initiative, but it is unclear if he is going to do anything about it.