The Real Lesson of North Carolina’s Amendment 1
"What’s most important for the gay marriage advocates to remember is that Amendment 1 was never just about same sex marriage—that was already illegal in North Carolina. The bill was written and heavily promoted by Alliance Defense Fund, a right-wing legal advocacy group, and bans all legal protections for unmarried people. It ends people’s ability to get health insurance under domestic partnership plans. The bill even threatens the rights of unmarried parents to visit their children."..............
"While progressives need to take seriously the electoral strategies to get people to the polls when fighting these kinds of bills, the Right has not, in its long term strategy, imagined the kinds of long-term potential for progressive infrastructure that gets built when organizations come together to fight these bills. And local organizers have every reason to consider this fight a win for long-term solutions on beating back right-wing attacks.
“Our win is humongous,” said Kai Lumumba Barrow, SONG organizer in a video the group put out the day after the amendment passed. “Because our dialogue is not just about gay marriage. It’s moving toward a dialogue about what does it mean for poor people, people of color, queer people coming together to fight for each other’s liberation. This amendment made that possible.”"http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/05/north_carolina_amendment_1.html