UPDATE: Clay Aiken, a native of Raleigh, has contributed a No On Amendment One video.

It’s a big week in the Bull City as the campaign to defeat the marriage discrimination amendment brings together multiple coalitions to educate voters and students about the harms of the amendment on our state on Friday. Durham is one of, if not the most, progressive cities in the state, but to strike a chord of full unity against discrimination will be a sight to behold. LGBTs and allies at historic black institution North Carolina Central University as well as Duke University (the area’s largest employer) are playing a huge role in Race to the Ballot‘s “Running of the Bulls”.
Here is the 411 on events in town:

In our “Running of the Bulls” event, RACE to the Ballot takes Durham, N.C., by storm on Friday, February 17, with day (and night)-long campus and community events designed to draw attention to the Bull City’s collective efforts to defeat Amendment One.

Duke University Vote Against Photoshoot
Friday, February 17, 10am-3pm
Old Trinity Room – West Union Building, 416 Chapel Drive
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NCCU RACE to the Ballot Campus Rally Against Amendment One
Friday, February 17, 1pm-3pm
Elder Student Union Building
Speakers include the Rev. Jimmy Creech, one of the co-founders of the National Black Justice Coalition currently serving on its Leadership Advisory Council, Mandy Carter, and State Representative Marcus Brandon
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NCCU Law Teach-in & Panel Discussion: Legal Implications of the Proposed Marriage Amendment
Friday, February 17, 3:30pm-5pm
NCCU School of Law
Room 100
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Barbara Fedders, UNC-CH School of Law
Irving Joyner, Angela Gilmore and Lydia Lavelle, NCCU School of Law
James Coleman, Duke University School of Law

Friend of the Blend, Protect NC Families Communications Director Jen Jones, is literally running across the state and participating in town halls where issues about the amendment are being discussed with people of all political persuasions to broaden understanding. She is joined by a team of campaign organizers, social media street teams, and documentarians, and has started off in the mountains of Asheville and will travel to the coastal city of Wilmington. She will be in Durham for the events this week, running her heart out in my old neighborhood, Old West Durham.


RACE to the Ballot “Running of the Bulls”
Join RACE to the Ballot as we run south on Ninth Street and down to the Pinhook on Main Street starting at 5:30 pm on Feb. 17. Runners big and small are encouraged to join this “Running of the Bulls” to raise awareness about the harms of Amendment One and to register voters. Following the run, there will be food trucks and family-friendly entertainment at the Pinhook. All runners and supporters will be gathering near Ninth and Markham at 5:00.
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And the Dance to the Ballot Dance Party - Race To the Ballot’s official End of The Race Party at the Pinhook – You can stay out until 10, but there will be music there following the race at 6:30 to…

And of course on Saturday Feb. 18th, the Love Wins Dance Party:  http://lovewins.nationbuilder.com/.  Families Dance: 5:00pm-7:30pm and Adults Dance: 8:00pm-11:00pm. Tickets: $10 per Adult, $5 per Child

You can play a huge role in this effort to defeat Amendment One by supporting Race to the Ballot — donate here.

Here is Clay Aiken’s video:

Many North Carolinians are concerned about the far reaching impacts of Amendment One. Clay Aiken is one of them. Clay was a Southern Baptist, a resident of Raleigh, a member of Raleigh Choral groups, and a student of UNC Charlotte long before he rose to stardom on American Idol.

Now, as a concerned North Carolinian, he is speaking out about the amendment.

As Clay says in the video, “This amendment just goes too far… What a lot of people don’t realize is that this amendment will take away protections from kids.”

When Clay asks which child you would choose to provide less protection for, it hit home. We are working around the clock to make sure that all of our children, and all of their families, are protected.


* Photos from RACE to the Ballot at HKonJ (with NAACP’s Ben Jealous and Rev. Dr. William Barber)
The Truth About the Discriminatory, Job-Killing, Harmful, Family-Unfriendly, Divisive, Anti-LGBT Marriage Amendment
* Coalition at historically black North Carolina Central University opposes marriage discrimination amendment
* A Page of Key Amendment Talking Points