North Carolina recently passed a ban on gay-marriage and civil unions, a measure that has led to thousands of people signing a petition that would pull the Democratic National Convention out of Charlotte and move it to another state all together.
Signed by angry progressives the Change.org petition has already received more than 27,000 signatures and thousands of more people have voiced their disgust with the conventions location via Twitter, Facebook and various other social networks and websites.
The Raleigh News & Observer points out the typical Twitter sentiment:
“As an LGBT Democrat married in Iowa, I wouldn’t set foot in North Carolina.”
Regardless of any such petition Kristie Greco, director of communications and public affairs for the Democratic National Convention Committee tells Politico:
“The convention is staying in Charlotte.”
On the other hand, perhaps having the President of the United States, a man who just came out to support gay-marriage laws, speak in the state is itself the proper way to confront the states ban.
In the meantime, voters in Charlotte actually voted against the initiative which was helped along by smaller towns, cities and outlying rural areas.
If keeping the convention in North Carolina with President Obama speaking isn’t a slap in the face enough for voters in that state, Nancy Pelosi has been attempting to spearhead a move that would make the legalization of same-sex marriage an official part of the Democratic Party platform.
Do you think the DNC should move out of North Carolina or use its location to tackle the issue of same-sex marriage?