orth Carolina voters are going to the polls today to decide whether their state will adopt a draconian amendement banning the recognition of unmarried couples, gay and straight. Amendment One would prohibit government from extending any benefits to a person based on a domestic legal union other than marriage. It would also prohibit unmarried couples from seeing each other in the hospital and from making emergency medical/financial decisions regarding a significant other, says Avant Greensboro.
In a stark departure from previous “defense of marriage” campaigns, many black clergy members are leading the charge against the amendment. According to TheRoot:
One of the most vocal black clergyman opposing the amendment is Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP chapter. Barber delivered this rousing speech at a press conference on May 6. I suspect his rhetoric will be shape the black community’s debate about gay marriage for years to come.