Bill Clinton: Amendment 1 Will Hurt Families and Drive Away Jobs


Bill Clinton has made a statement against North Carolina’s Amendment 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.

The statement was by recorded by Bill Clinton as a “robocall” for the campaign opposing Amendment 1 that, according to the Associated Press, will start running from Monday and continue up to the May 8 ballot this week. In the statement, the former President says:

“Hello, this is President Bill Clinton. I’m calling to urge you to vote against Amendment One on Tuesday May 8. If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage. What it will change is North Carolina’s ability to keep good businesses, attract new jobs, and attract and keep talented entrepreneurs. If it passes, your ability to keep those businesses, get those jobs, and get those talented entrepreneurs will be weakened. And losing even one job to Amendment One is too big of a risk. Its passage will also take away health insurance from children and could even take away domestic violence protections from women. So the real effect of the law is not to keep the traditional definition of marriage, you’ve already done that. The real effect of the law will be to hurt families and drive away jobs. North Carolina can do better. Again, this is Bill Clinton asking you to please vote against Amendment One. Thanks.”

Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton also recently released a letter urging North Carolina citizens to reject Amendment 1.

As pointed out above, North Carolina already has a statutory ban on gay marriage. However, religious conservatives in the state have pushed to codify the ban saying that it is necessary to protect children and to prevent so-called activist judges from overturning the state law.

The amendment language has been heavily criticized by legal commentators because it will not just enshrine the state’s ban on marriage equality but also will ban all marriage-like partnerships from having legal weight.

This, obviously, will not just impact same-sex couples but also heterosexual couples who previously were in domestic partnerships or were cohabiting. Further to this, there is a concern that because state domestic violence prevention laws hinge on establishing a cognizable relationship between the woman and her abuser, the amendment may in fact serve to strip women of vital protections.

A recent Public Polling Policy survey of 982 likely North Carolina voters reveals that going into the last week of campaigning, 55 percent of respondents favor the amendment while 41 remain opposed. However, when voters were actually made aware that the ban would block all partnership recognition for gay couples and would harm straight families too, a majority opposed the measure.


Related Reading:

Newt Supports North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban

Ted Olson Joins Battle Against NC’s Anti-LGBT Amendment 1

Clay Aiken Speaks Out Against NC Gay Marriage Ban (VIDEO)

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Huber F.
Huber F5 years ago

This seems too straight. Thx.

Beth K.
.5 years ago

Despite what it looks like, much of America is evolving. Eventually we will turn towards compassion and rational thinking, and throw out all the old white bigoted men laws.

Amanda M.
Amanda M5 years ago

A person's sexuality is something they're BORN with. It cannot be "cured" any more than a person's height, ethnic background, eye color, etc.

Bigotry, however, is nothing more than a SICKNESS and SHOULD be cured. James C, you need to go back to school and study up on the rest of the animal kingdom. There are MANY examples of homosexuality in other species as well as hermaphroditism, asexual reproduction, male pregnancy (read up on seahorses, dude!), and many other things you'd find "evil" or "sick." Not only that, but you realize that Amendment 1's passing is going to deny such benefits as health insurance to kids and protecting women who are victims of domestic violence by DENYING HETERO RELATIONSHIPS TOO.

Once again, the Religious Reich has royally screwed the pooch.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

some people are still in the back woods....
When is done to the gay community will come to you too.
some people still have their heads in the bad...the light will shine in there too..

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

Thank you Muriel for calling out the intolerant haters on this site. Equality for all!

Muriel C.
Muriel C5 years ago

James C.
Have you forgotten that the majority of civil partnerships are heterosexual couples?
Have you thought of the fact that only 10% of the population is gay so that they are a minority and that, as a minority, any law written to deny them a right is unconstitutional?
Do you realize that you are depriving over a Million children of healthcare and that the epidemics which could develop won't stop at the doors of the well-to-do Christian heterosexual duly married couples?
Do you consider divorced people (the majority of single parents) to be criminals who should be punished by the law, including through the denial of rights to their children?
Finally, reread yourself: to the majority of the readers on this forum you sound like you just escaped from a mental institution

marc horton
marc horton5 years ago

oh James c. i just reported you,you f'n creepy hater, if you were here in person i would knock your stupid block off, f'n moron, other members please excuse my language,thank you

Myron Scott
Myron Scott5 years ago

Nice try, Bill. Too bad it didn't work.

Julie D.
Julie D5 years ago

Many thanks to Mr. Clinton for speaking out about this.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Smaller government - not less just more of a size to fit in your bedroom.