To quote Senator Kay Hagan from an article on The Advocate's website today:
Amendment One has far-reaching negative consequences for our families, our children and our communities. ...as a proud daughter of North Carolina, I urge all North Carolinians to join me in opposing it.
To quote Clarke Cooper from Equality NC's website discussing Tea Party supported Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers' statement on the amendment:
"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."
There are other Republican, Democratic, Green Party, Unaffiliated folks, and Libertarians from NC who I could list with this ever-growing chorus of bipartisan opposition, but I think these examples powerfully demonstrate why this amendment can be defeated.
Senator Hagan's full statement:
"In today's hyperpartisan political environment, I view any attempt to alter our state constitution with a critical eye. Amendment One has far-reaching negative consequences for our families, our children and our communities. North Carolina is one of the most business-friendly states in the nation, and this amendment would harm our state's ability to recruit the innovators and businesses that are driving our economic recovery. Jobs are my number one priority, and we cannot afford totake our eye off the ball and give businesses a reason to grow and expand elsewhere. The people I hear from everyday - the families that make up the fabric of the Old North State – tell me they are sick and tired of watching their jobs and their livelihoods fall victim to divisive partisan posturing. In North Carolina we say our state is "Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great." Amendment One harms our state's resolve to make all people and all families great, and as a proud daughter of North Carolina, I urge all North Carolinians to join me in opposing it." - Senator Kay R. Hagan
The more officials we can get to come out AGAINST the amendment, the clearer the case against amendment becomes. Have you asked your federal, state, or local officials who you believe are against the amendment to make public statements as well?