On Sunday, Raleigh’s News & Observer reported that conservative Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers would vote against an anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment voters will consider on the May 8, 2012 ballot.

“As a voter, she would vote against a piece of legislation that would add a ban on civil unions to the protection of marriage since they are two different issues and should be dealt with separately,” Ellmers spokesperson Tom Doheny told the capital paper.

Log Cabin Republicans, which represents LGBT Republicans across the country, has applauded Ellmers’ position.

“Representative Renee Ellmers is speaking for many North Carolina Republicans when she says that you don’t have to support marriage equality to know this constitutional amendment is wrong,” Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper said in a release on Monday. “Log Cabin Republicans hope North Carolina conservatives will follow Representative Ellmers’s lead and vote no in May 2012. From major businesses and employers to local churches, opposition to this amendment is rising across the state. It is one thing to disagree about marriage, but banning all recognition of gay and lesbian families crosses the line for many North Carolinians who want to see their gay neighbors, friends and family members treated with respect and dignity.”

Cooper added, “The proposed constitutional amendment is an unnecessary and overreaching incursion on North Carolina families, and with the opposition of conservatives like Rep. Ellmers, it will fail.”

Matt Comer

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