Wake County to consider resolution supporting anti-LGBT Amendment One today

The Wake County Board of Commissioners will consider at their meeting today a resolution supporting North Carolina’s anti-LGBT, anti-family constitutional amendment, according to grassroots activism group Neighbors for Equality.

Paul Coble

The resolution is being recommended by Republican Commission Chairman Paul Coble, who has billed the measure as a a statement in “support of voter participation” in the amendment referendum, to be held along with primary elections on May 8, 2012.

But the resolution does far, far more than that, resolving “that the Wake County Board of Commissioners endorses the Marriage Amendment to the North Carolina Constitution which states that the only domestic legal union that is valid or recognized in North Carolina is marriage between one man and one woman.”

If the intention couldn’t be any clearer, here’s the summary that Coble offered when placing the resolution on the agenda:

The North Carolina General Assembly voted to place an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution before the voters on May 8, 2012. The amendment recognizes that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union recognized in this State. The amendment will ensure that judges will adjudicate based on the law and not on activism, and keep the judiciary from redefining marriage inconsistent with the North Carolina Statutes.

Coble, a Republican candidate in North Carolinas 13th Congressional District, makes his position on marriage abundantly clear on his campaign website: “He believes that marriage should be preserved for one man and one woman. He believes that freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion.” Meaning, in essence, “Screw the First Amendment; I’m forcing my religious beliefs into constitutional law and you just have to deal with it.”

The commission meets at 2 p.m. today at the Wake County Courthouse, room 700 on the seventh floor. See the agenda here, the resolution summary here and the full text of the resolution here.

Grassroots activist group Neighbors for Equality is encouraging Wake County citizens and residents to attend the 2 p.m. meeting today and share their thoughts on the amendment and the resolution. Public comments will be accepted. From Neighbors for Equality: “Sign up before the meeting. Comments from the public will be received at 2:30 p.m. for 30 minutes. A signup sheet for those who wish to speak during the public comments section of the meeting is located in the back of the Boardroom.”

7 Responses to “Wake County to consider resolution supporting anti-LGBT Amendment One today”
  1. A. WAKE Resident says:

    Paul Coble is an ass.

  2. Goyette says:

    I think freedom of religion does indeed mean freedom from religion. As citizens of the United States of America, I believe that not having anothers religious beliefs foisted upon us in legislation or otherwise is indeed an inalienable constitutional right, because it is in the constitution. It is sad that those in power are more interested in protecting their personal interests than protecting all of the familiies and all of the people regardless of race, gender, social politics, lifestyle, sexual preference or economics. You can bet that if those who voted for this gentleman were unknowingly Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender, and because of the numbers, some might be) he would not be taking this action. It is too bad that legislators can not work on the basis that everyone is human, and that instead they work on the basis that everyone has to be human but must be just like them. This isn’t a legal issue for this man, this is a personal bias and he should be ashamed of himself for thinking he is protecting anyone, and those voting for him should be ashamed, because whether they know it or not, they are doing themselves a political injustice way beyond doing a dis-service who lives harmlessly and differently to them.

  3. Another WAKE Resident says says:

    Paul Coble is a hateful ass . . . and he is probably gay!

  4. Another Wake Resident says:

    Paul Coble is indeed, an ass.

  5. Another Wake Resident says:

    Yes, indeed Coble is an ass. And a greedy political hack who’s using this to garner votes. Take it from a 64 year old, straight woman who spent most of her adult life in a heterosexual marriage . . . there is no excuse in this world why gays and lesbians should not have just as much right as heterosexuals to express their love for their partner through marriage. Anyone who falls for politicians’ use of this red herring non-issue to buy their vote is being used, plain and simple. You’d think they’d be smart enough to realize that the biggest threat to their way of life is, in fact, the very politicians who are lying to them and manipulating them via their ignorant fears and prejudices in order to gain power . . . NOT the LGBT citizens who only seek to establish stable, loving marriages. Wake up people, you’re selling this country into the hands of unscrupulous, power-hungry politicians through your ignorance and your baseless fears.

  6. Marc says:

    Truly^ ,not shocked though. Wake local governance is far right from BOE to the County board. A negative contrast to Durham and Orange’s progressive ethos. Thanks to the Wake County Dem members that unanimously voted against supporting One.

  7. Arthur says:

    Don’t they have something more important to focus on?

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