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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

North Carolina State Senator Doug Berger (D) Compares Anti-Gay Amendment To Nazi Germany

North Carolina state senator Doug Berger, one of the many Democrats who stood up against the recently passed  initiative that will put on the 2012 ballot an anti-gay amendment that will change the Constitution of North Carolina so the state will not and cannot recognize ANY same sex union weather it be marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership. Stood during the debate and bravely compared the amendment to something out of Nazi Germany. 

BERGER: In Nazi Germany, some of you may not realize that Adolf Hitler came to power through the ballot box and even though he was elected by the people, he was able to use the instruments of power to take away the rights of individuals….[I]f you were gay, you were required to wear a pink triangle to single that you were a member of that despised group. Now, I believe that if we pass this motion to concur, we are essentially putting a pink triangle into our state constitution.

Many Republicans who were the moving force behind getting the anti-gay amendment passed took offense at Bergers characterization. 

But then again the Ku Klux Klan also objected to being compared to the Nazi’s as well, and history has pretty much proved them wrong on that as well.