BREAKING: Duke Student Government unanimously approves a resolution in opposition Amendment One

Every member of the Duke Student Government Senate voted “yes” on the following resolution opposing North Carolina Amendment One.  The vote occurred March 28, 2012, at approximately 8:25 pm.

I am proud to attend a university that stand behind the rights of all of its students, faculty and staff, regardless of their sexual orientation.

In a Duke Chronicle article, Rep. Paul Stam from the North Carolina, said ““If you think that Duke is widely in opposition to this amendment, you probably don’t get out much.”

Stam could not have been more wrong.  Duke is together in fighting Amendment One.  I am so proud of our student body.



Opposing Amendment One to the NC Constitution

On Tuesday, September 13th, 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to approve a state-wide referendum on an amendment to the state constitution which would say that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only legal domestic union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” Accordingly, on May 8th and during early voting from April 19th until May 5th, North Carolina voters will be asked to vote against or in favor of the amendment. If passed, this amendment—commonly known as Amendment One—will make civil unions and any recognition of unmarried couples unconstitutional in the state of North Carolina. This would negatively impact not only the families of LGBT citizens, but also the families of straight, unmarried couples. In response to Amendment One, Duke University and Duke Medicine have already stated that, “recognizing the families of LGBT faculty, employees and students by offering [same-sex spousal] benefits is essential for Duke to recruit, retain and nurture excellence in all our endeavors.” Furthermore, as the second-largest employer in North Carolina, Duke University and Duke Medicine have reaffirmed that they “are proud to serve as a model of acceptance and diversity,” and that they, “stand alongside the LGBT community in seeking a more equal world.”

WHEREAS Amendment One devalues and infringes upon the rights of LGBTQ North Carolinians, including Duke students, faculty, and staff, and;

WHEREAS Amendment One places the fundamental rights of a minority group to a majority vote, and;

WHEREAS the passage of Amendment One will directly interfere with Duke’s ability to recruit, retain and support top students, faculty, and staff, and;

WHEREAS discriminatory language has no place in the state constitution, and;

WHEREAS Amendment One limits religious freedom in the state by inserting specific religious values into the state constitution that are not representative of all citizens, and;

WHEREAS by defining marriage between one man and one woman as the only legal domestic union in the state, Amendment One opens the door to significant changes in domestic violence protections in North Carolina, and;

WHEREAS by using vague and untested language that has not been used in any other state, Amendment One may have unintended consequences for the state, and;

WHEREAS the Duke administration has not officially stated their opposition to Amendment One, and;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Duke Student Government reaffirms their support of the LGBT community and upholds the rights of LGBT students, faculty, and staff.

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED that the Duke Student Government stands in opposition to Amendment One.

Respectfully submitted,

Pete Schork, President
Daren Miller, Senator of Student Life
Jacob Tobia, Director of LGBTQ Policy and Affairs

Published by Elena Botella

Elena Botella is a Duke Undergraduate in the Class of 2013, majoring in Economics and Math.

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