The Amendment: One Year Later
Be sure to log check back in when we publish our May 24, 2013, print edition for an in-depth, reflective and forward-focused look at the past year of activism and advocacy since Amendment One’s passage, including coverage of the anniversary event in Raleigh, interviews with leading amendment campaign workers and a timeline of important amendment events, both before and after the May 8, 2012, vote.

enc-logoRALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s statewide LGBT advocacy and education group is asking community members across the state to join them in commemorating the one-year anniversary of Amendment One, the anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment banning recognition of same-sex marriage. The amendment was approved by 61-39 percent by voters on May 8, 2012.

Equality North Carolina, one of the leading coalition members fighting against the amendment last year, has several activities planned today, both in Raleigh and online.

Their¬†“Stand As One” event is planned for Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8 p.m. Participants will gather in a symbolic show of unity as they wrap around the legislative building in Raleigh.

“Join us as we wrap around the legislature, share Amendment One stories, and stand in solidarity *against* anti-LGBT legislation like Amendment One and *for* our commitment to never stop fighting for Equality in 2013 and beyond,” the organization says in their event announcement.

The organization is also encouraging supporters to participate in a virtual lobby day. They will help constituents contact their state House and Senate representatives via email, phone or both. The group is pushing for statewide non-discrimination protections for state workers and teachers.

For more information, see Equality NC’s “Amendment One Year Later” events.

The group is also asking community members to join in sharing their memories of the amendment and the campaign.

“Send us a picture of you fighting Against Amendment One (or simply a picture you like) and share a 1-2 line quote answering the following questions: (1) How did you feel after the passage of Amendment One? and (2) What did the passage of Amendment One inspire you to do in our fight for Equality,” the group says.

Stories and photos can be emailed to She will compile them, like in the examples below, and share them on Facebook and Twitter.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.