Nosh in Durham is hosting "Picnic on the Porch" Saturday, March 10, at 5 p.m. at 2812 Erwin Road. The fundraiser is $50 per person, $150 per family. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith and the Marriage Amendment: Pilgrim United Church of Christ continues its March series of five speeches and seminars galvanizing opposition to Amendment 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at 3011 Academy Road in Durham. This week, Duke Divinity School Professor Mary McClintock Fulkerson will discuss "Theological and Biblical Perspectives on Amendment 1." The series is co-sponsored by the Religious Coalition of Orange/ Durham Against Amendment 1.
March Against Amendment 1: Activists will gather at the N.C. State Belltower at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, to make an hour-long march to the Capitol and Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh. The march, using the theme "It Stops Here," is sponsored by Ides of Love.
Phone Banking: If you own a cell phone, you can help battle Amendment 1 with the Eno River Universalist Fellowship of Durham at 4907 Garrett Road. Come out Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon through May 5 and start dialing. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh and the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist also are holding phone drives.
As the Wake County Commissioners voted last week to support the amendment, the Wake County Libertarian Party registered unanimous opposition during its Feb. 21 convention. The party agreed upon a resolution which included the statement, "The idea that governments should define 'marriage' or give permission for marriage is inconsistent with the principles of liberty."
The Associated Press reported that the Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council kick-started their "Values Bus Tour" on Saturday during a conservative activists leadership conference in Raleigh. Vote FOR Marriage N.C., a pro-amendment group, also hopped aboard the bus, which will go as far west as Asheville in its push.
Vote FOR Marriage N.C. is led by lobbyist Tami Fitzgerald, who works on behalf of the N.C. Values Coalition, the Employers Coalition of N.C.—which opposes collective bargaining for public employees—and the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries, an Illinois-based group representing Christian nonprofit organizations whose members agree to cover each others' health-care costs. These health-sharers persuaded the U.S. Senate to exempt them from the federal insurance requirement. To be a member, you must adhere to a biblical lifestyle.
Fitzgerald previously worked as a lobbyist for the conservative N.C. Family Policy Council.
In a move previewed on our Citizen blog by Bob Geary, North Carolina's Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission met Thursday to agree on a one-page explanation of the amendment to provide to local election boards and the media. Proponents and opponents offered language, and after 10 drafts, everyone was unhappy.
Unaffiliated voters should be aware that they too can vote on Amendment 1, even though the decision takes place during Democratic and Republican primaries. Those voters can select an unaffiliated ballot, which includes the judges' races and the amendment. Or they can cast ballots in either party's primary and vote on the amendment.