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(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans thank Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC) for her opposition to an amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution banning recognition of same-sex couples that will be on the ballot in May 2012.

“Representative Renee Ellmers is speaking for many North Carolina Republicans when she says that you don’t have to support marriage equality to know this constitutional amendment is wrong,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper. “Log Cabin Republicans hope North Carolina conservatives will follow Representative Ellmers’s lead and vote no in May 2012. From major businesses and employers to local churches, opposition to this amendment is rising across the state. It is one thing to disagree about marriage, but banning all recognition of gay and lesbian families crosses the line for many North Carolinians who want to see their gay neighbors, friends and family members treated with respect and dignity. The proposed constitutional amendment is an unnecessary and overreaching incursion on North Carolina families, and with the opposition of conservatives like Rep. Ellmers, it will fail.”


Log Cabin Republicans is the only Republican organization dedicated to representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and their allies. The more than 30-year old organization has state and local chapters nationwide, a full-time office in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee and state political action committees.