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North Carolinian walking 80 miles to State House to deliver Amendment One protest letter

Amendment One passed on May 8, and the measure amended Article 14 of the North Carolina Constitution by adding this new section:

Sec. 6. Marriage.

Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.

It bans civil unions and domestic partnerships, relegating lesbian and gay couples to second-class citizens, who have to pay the same taxes as everyone else for the right to be discriminated against. Randy Gillis, who has this video up on his site, will walk the 80 miles from his home in Sophia to the State House in Raleigh to deliver a  letter to state NC Sen. Peter Brunstetter (R)  protesting Amendment One.

You might recall that Brunstetter’s wife Jodie made the jaw-dropping statement that Amendment One’s purpose was not only to save marriage, it was to protect white privilege and power. Chad Nance, a freelance journalist who reported on the “moment”:

“During the conversation, Ms. Brunstetter said her husband was the architect of Amendment 1, and one of the reasons he wrote it was to protect the Caucasian race. She said Caucasians or whites created this country. We wrote the Constitution. This is about protecting the Constitution. There already is a law on the books against same-sex marriage, but this protects the Constitution from activist judges.”

It makes it all the more meaningful that Gillis is making this trek to see the Senator.

Here is Randy’s route:

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