Same-sex activists to Dems: Quit Charlotte
Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, where President Barack Obama is slated to deliver his convention speech in September.
May 9th, 2012
08:33 PM ET
11 years ago

Same-sex activists to Dems: Quit Charlotte

(CNN) - North Carolina's newly approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage has sparked an effort to convince the Democratic Party to move its upcoming national convention somewhere else.

An online petition launched after Tuesday's referendum on Amendment 1 calls on the party to abandon plans to hold its September 3-7 convention in Charlotte. The petition urges Democrats to host their gathering in "a state that upholds values of equality and liberty."


Filed under: North Carolina • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. IndependentMom

    North Carolina, its a sad day for you. The South never learns. They claim to be Christian but bigotry and hate are alive and well.


    May 9, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. JJ

    I'm all for this. They want to vote like animals, let them pay the price.

    May 9, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Agree. Why have the convention in STONE AGE NORTH CAROLINA?

    May 9, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Unfortunately, the logistics of moving the convention at this point would be insurmountable. Add to the fact that the convention location was decided well before Amendment 1 was even being considered. As a cradle Democrat, I would have been significantly happier had the convention not be held in one of the Republican Stranglehold states. This is the home state of Jesse Helms, after all. After he left the Democratic Party after the LBJ Civil Rights act of 1965, the rest of the state followed suit.
    So my objection to North Carolina is not just due to Amendment 1, but also to their opposition to Labor Unions, their history of both overt and covert segregation, and the anti-intellectualism and fundamentalist evangelicalism that appears to embody many of the elements of that state,

    May 9, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    I am all for gay marriage, but if the Democrats had to leave Charlotte or any other city because of what the teatards have done against civil and human rights in the last two years the convention would have to be held outside the US.
    Be real people!

    May 9, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. gt

    might as well ...obama just lost this state anyway...

    May 9, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    A little late isn't it? Things like this don't get done over night. I wonder if there are some suggestions that these people are offering.

    May 9, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind!

    I agree it should be pulled from NC and I will donate to help pay for any penalties invoked by NC for the withdrawal.

    Tell me where and when.

    May 9, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. Namejay s

    It should be move...why give business to a city r state that is 20 years behind.just like the state to the south of them.and i from that state it a sad day ...north Carolina catch up with the time it a new day thanks j

    May 10, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  10. s.s

    So now those whom you don't agree with will be punished!!! the hunter has become the hunted! then who is the bully now?

    May 10, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  11. Sydnium S. Adolsen

    GOP to same-gender activists and Dems: Stay there and glue yourself to Charlotte.
    Plan B if they will (according to Psychic Union) go to San Diego, Chicago or Des Monies.

    May 10, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  12. Living in the REAL world

    Well that didn't take long. The left just loves to target people, cities, states, ANYTHING that doesn't agree with their far left insanity.

    May 10, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Nope, I think the Dems should stick with their plans and not let NC bully them. It will also be an opportunity to demonstrate in a very real way the big tent that the Democratic Party truly is.

    May 10, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  14. lone star dem

    No, just be certain that very little of the economic impact benefits the mouth breathing opposition supporters

    May 10, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  15. hamsta

    Wish it was that easy to get the gays to move somewhere else. marriage is an agreement with God. God doesnt approve of the gay lifestyle. God destroyed the cities of sodom and gammorha for a reason. where do you think the word sodomy came from?

    May 10, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  16. hamsta

    What do gay people not understand about marriage is a sacred agreement betweem man woman and God?

    May 10, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  17. Gurgyl

    NC is totally uneducated, racial. Grow up, India, china are growing–U GROW TOO!!!

    May 10, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    As a NC resident, I think keeping the convention in NC helps to shine a light on a host of right-wing issues that plague NC.

    May 10, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |