Students rally against Amendment One at Winston-Salem State
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WINSTON-SALEM -- The state NAACP, lead by the Rev. Dr. William Barber, held a student rally on the campus of Winston-Salem State University in opposition to Amendment One.
Barber said the measure undermines equality and it's up to young people to defend and reshape public policy.
"We have said whether you agree or disagree with same sex marriage, what you hold fundamentally disagree with is anybody at anytime wanting to tamper with We the People, wanting to exclude some people of their rights and wanting to write discrimination and hate into our constitution," said Rev. Barber.
Students say Amendment One is not just an issue for the LGBT community, it's an issue for all communities.
"When we have people speak like he does, we get motivated and that's how the movement sparks," said student Branden Summers.
"You're voting against children being stripped of insurance benefits because they have a single mother or father, you're voting against older people or military people losing pensions," said Lauren Waters with the Human Rights Campaign.
Supporters of the ban say that's not the case.
"There's no evidence at all that this amendment will hurt traditional families, in fact that's what it's intended to do, is help them and protect marriage," said Tami Fitzgerald with Vote for Marriage NC.
Fitzgerald says the students are fighting an uphill battle.
"Fortunately, 62 percent of the voters in our state already agree with the ballot language and agree that marriage is the union between one man and one woman," said Fitzgerald.
In the end, both sides will have their say on Amendment One.