Let’s Move the Democratic National Convention Out of North Carolina!

Many of us are very disheartened that the people of North Carolina chose to amend their state constitution to read “that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” This amendment was totally unnecessary, since same-sex marriage was already illegal. Now, however, there can be no civil unions or domestic partnerships for lesbians and gays either.

It is my belief that legalizing discrimination goes against what the Democratic Party should stand for. There need to be consequences for what the people of North Carolina just did. Consequently, the Democratic National Convention should be moved to a state that supports equality.

Even if President Obama refuses to stand on principle, the Party should — or at least its progressive members ought to demand that is does.

Plus, North Carolina is also an anti-union, “right to work” state, which makes me wonder why it was selected in the first place.

In any event, if you think the Convention should be moved, you can sign a petition at change.org. Even if we don’t win on this, we can at least make a stink.


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About Claire Snyder-Hall

Claire Snyder-Hall writes popular and scholarly texts on issues of concern to democrats, feminists, and progressives. She is the author of Gay Marriage and Democracy: Equality for All (2006) and Citizen-Soldiers and Manly Warriors: Military Service and Gender in the Civic Republican Tradition (1999), as well as numerous articles and essays on democratic theory, feminism, and right-wing politics. From 2000-2012, she served on the faculty of George Mason University, where she taught political philosophy. Snyder-Hall is a progressive Conservative Jew by choice who lives with her spouse in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Their marriage is still not recognized by the federal government.