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North Carolina Election Official Resigns Rather Than Put Anti-Gay Same Sex Marriage On Ballot

Sherre Toler, the director of elections for Harnett County has resigned her position as director of elections for Harnett County  because Toler would rather leave her job than be a party to facilitating a bigoted anti-gay same sex ballot initiative set for this May that would allow discrimination under the North Carolina Constitution.

Toler writes:

On January 3, 2012 I resigned my position as Director of Elections for Harnett County, NC. I am extremely proud of the progress and accomplishments made to the voting procedures and polling places in Harnett County over the last eleven and a half years. I am especially proud that the Board of Election’s Office has always been operated in a fair, efficient and non-partisan manner during my tenure.

Unfortunately, recent actions of the North Carolina General Assembly made it impossible for me to continue as Director of Elections as speaking publicly about candidates or issues appearing on the ballot is prohibited. In September, the legislature passed a bill requiring a referendum be placed on the May, 2012 primary ballot defining marriage as a “union between a man and a woman”. I cannot and will not be a party to such actions….

This is a wonderful story of growth, solidarity, and standing up to do whats right.

Head on over to wonderful  Pam’s House Blend at Fire Dog Lake to read more and Sherre Toller’s full statement

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