The big news from the Wake County Boards of Commissioners meeting yesterday was undoubtedly about their resolution to support Amendment One, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. But despite the motion, which came from Republican Paul Coble, and fell along party lines, the public comment period after the meeting was afire with opposition to the motion.
In a crowded room on the seventh floor of the Courthouse, over 20 people spoke ardently about the various damages inherent in passing Amendment One. Straight or gay, white or black, male and female, the group transcended normal boundaries of age or ethnic distinction. They spoke of the repercussions in terms of economic impact on the area and the affront on civil liberties caused by constitutionally mandated discrimination. These were not activists attempting to speak to a crowd; they were typical citizens speaking to neighbors and leaders. The sole voice supporting the amendment was Tami Fitzgerald, a woman who makes money lobbying for this cause. We hope to see the same ratio on the ballot in May.