WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)—the nation's original ally organization, and the largest grassroots-based non-profit for families, friends and allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people—has issued the following statement regarding today’s vote to pass Amendment 1 in North Carolina.
“We at PFLAG National are frustrated and furious that discrimination has now been enshrined into the State Constitution in North Carolina. Discrimination in marriage equality was already the law of the land in North Carolina. Who will this amendment protect? Certainly not the thousands of families who live and work in the state that will now have further rights stripped away from them, leaving them unprotected in matters of healthcare, domestic violence, estate planning, tax benefits and more. And certainly not businesses headquartered in the state, like our partners at Bank of America, Replacements, Ltd., Mitchell Gold – Bob Williams, which understand that discrimination in any form is bad for business.PFLAG National stands in solidarity with Equality North Carolina and the many coalition partners of Protect North Carolina Families to continue to educate every community across the state about why this kind of discrimination is wrong for all families and what we can do together to create the cultural change necessary to end discrimination against our LGBT loved ones.”
- Jody Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG National