RALEIGH, N.C. — A newly launched campaign opposing Amendment One has gathered more than 69,000 signatures online.
North Carolina State University student Jennifer Halweil started a petition on change.org in hopes of repealing the newly approved amendment, which bans same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state.
Officials said within two hours, the petition had 13,000 signatures, and less than 12 hours later, it hit the 60,000 signature mark.
“It’s powerful to watch people in our state, and outside of it, stand up to this hateful law,” Halweil said, it a prepared statement.
Halweil said the amendment has disastrous implications for more than just gay couples, but for families and children of all walks of life in North Carolina.
The amendment passed, with 61 percent of voters voting in its favor. A total of 1,303,952 voted to support it, compared to 831,788 who voted against it.
Amendment One’s approval made North Carolina the 31st US state to approve an outright ban on same-sex marriage and the last southern state to approve such a measure.
Opponents of the amendment say the ban goes far beyond same-sex marriage and negatively impacts domestic-violence protections and health benefits for unmarried families.
Supporters say that’s wrong and that the opponents are misleading the public.