Pro-Prop 8 Star Witness Comes Out Against NC Ban


David Blankenhorn, star witness for the pro-Prop 8 side during trial, has said North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendment goes too far and should be defeated.

Writes Blankenhorn, together with Elizabeth Marquardt, for the News Observer:

The proposed amendment states that ďmarriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.Ē Thatís a big mouthful, and it goes well beyond the issue of same-sex marriage.

For one thing, it means that North Carolina could not, now or ever, take any step or devise any policy to extend legal recognition and protection to same-sex couples. No domestic partnership laws. No civil unions. Nothing.

Thatís mighty cold. If you disdain gay and lesbian persons, and donít care whether they and their families remain permanently outside of the protection of our laws, such a policy might be your cup of tea. But itís not our view, and we doubt that itís the view of most North Carolinians.

Blankenhorn, a “personal friend” of National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher, was one of the only witnesses the pro-Proposition 8 side produced who was willing to testify. It didn’t go that well for Blankenhorn however, and in the end he actually ended up admitting that gay marriage bans probably do harm same-sex couples and that there is no proof that gay marriage actually weakens marriage as an institution as the pro-Prop 8 side had claimed.

However, consistent with his assertion that same-sex couples should be given the state rights of marriage, Blankenhorn has felt moved to come out against the over-reaching Amendment 1.

Indeed, the pair go on to admonish:

If you wonder why the push for gay marriage is so rapidly gaining ground across our nation, especially among young people, we donít think you need to look much further than this tragic social dynamic, in which support for mother-father marriage appears to many to have merged with either overt antagonism or cold indifference regarding the actual lives and needs of gay and lesbian couples and their children.

GOP lawmakers have been heavily criticized in running an anti-gay platform to support the amendment, with the bill’s key sponsors saying the legislation is necessary for child welfare while they have also been caught†likening gay marriage to allowing incest and bestiality.

However, the push back against Amendment 1 has been strong.

The North Carolina Psychological Association went as far as to†release a position statement against the 2012 ballot, listing a number of reasons against codifying the state’s existing statutory ban and pointing out the harmful effects of so aggressively disfavoring a particular group.

Celebrated lawyer Ted Olson, having been a key player in the legal push to overturn California’s Proposition 8, †recently attended a rally in opposition to Amendment 1. Read more on that here.

Voters will decide on Amendment 1 at the May 8 ballot.

Related Reading:

NC Anti-Gay Amendment Heads to the Ballot

NC House Passes Gay Marriage Ban

Facebook Co-Founder Slams NC Anti-Gay Amendment

Photo Credit:†danny.hammontree.


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Mary, who do you mean by 'inhuman in their bestiality'? Intolerant Republicans, I hope?

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

North Carolina, show your willingness to grow by treating all with equality and dignity.

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin5 years ago

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

One of the comments was talking about the difference b/w civil and religious laws -- and that is the whole point! We are a civil society, which makes laws for the American people -- it must be this way, because that's the only way to ensure ALL Americans have equal rights. Religion is a personal belief -- go to your church and practice your religious ideas, but you have no right to impose your religious ideas on those outside of your particular religion. If it makes you happy to live a repressed life, go for it, but other citizens with the same civil rights as you, want to live in perhaps a different way in order to have a happy life too. WHY can't far-right religious people see this?! (sorry this is incoherent and all over the map -- at 67, I am so tired of people trying to make everyone the same!!! Grow up! Be an adult! Get a life!)

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas5 years ago

there needs to be a new civil rights movement in this country that demands equal rights for all, regaurdless of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation....equal rights for every single human being in this country bar none. equal protection under the law. we must make sure no group of people feel they have the the right or the power regaurdless of their numbers to deprive anyone else their rights to equality and equal protection under the law. we have to make sure civil rights, equality and equal protection under the law is one thing that the majority can never deprive a minority of. we need to make it clear to every religion that the right to equality of every human being is just as sacred as their right to religious freedom.
until this happens, america will never truly be THE LAND OF THE FREE.

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

This is the best arguement for having a Federal Government and a Department of Civil Rights.

Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

How can anyone make a law which states what the can and cannot make legal later. If for no other reason, people should be agains this law because it interfers with Government's rights to change things.

Allan Yorkowitz
.5 years ago

When your referring to the South and civil, and social rights, their will always be problems.

Lenora Southwood
Lenora Southwood5 years ago

Thanks and noted.