Following passage of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions in North Carolina, Change.Org has established an online petition to have the Democratic National Convention moved from North Carolina in September. In an attempt to make a major financial statement in response to the decision made by voters, this movement intends to take the revenues that would have been earned during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to a state that welcomes members of the LGBT community. In 2008, the DNC had a financial impact in Denver of approximately $266 million.
The petition says, “On May 8th, the people of North Carolina voted in support of Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that discriminates against LGBT people, couples & their families. In protest, the Democratic National Convention Committee should MOVE its convention (September 2012) to a state that upholds values of equality & liberty, and which treats ALL citizens equally.” The petition has almost 26,000 signatures at the time of submitting this report.
To sign the petition, please click here: https://www.change.org/petitions/democra
The Democratic leadership has not addressed this issue at this time. A decision of this magnitude can make a very dramatic statement and have a big economic impact on the state of North Carolina. “If the Democrats wish to hold itself out as the party of equality and equal protection under the law, the party that opposes discrimination of any kind, the party that truly fights for all families -- straight, gay, married, unmarried -- if they really want to be the party of progress, then they need to hold the Democratic National Convention in a state that reflects these values,” according to the DailyKos.com.
President Obama became the first American President to publicly show support of the LGBT community. Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts, "Americans should be treated fairly and equally." "I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” President Barack Obama said he was "disappointed" by the vote in North Carolina, describing it as discriminatory against gays and lesbians, a spokesman said. The LGBT community has banded together in support of President Obama’s statement supporting same-sex marriage.
Vice President Joe Biden also spoke out supporting same-sex marriage on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, initiating the wave of support for same-sex unions. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told MSNBC he also supports same-sex marriage and civil unions. Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan voiced support as well. Other cabinet members have remained silent on the issue.