The first, documentary-style television ad features Wake County Assistant District Attorney Amily McCool. McCool currently prosecutes both felony and misdemeanor domestic violence crimes and solely prosecuted these types of cases in Wake County’s specialized domestic violence courtroom. She has a Masters of Social Work and has practiced in the domestic violence field for over 10 years, working with both victims and batterers.
In the ad, McCool says, “Amendment One could take away protections for domestic violence victims.”
The ad, entitled “Amily,” features the domestic violence litigator pulling from piles of files and photos of domestic violence cases of unmarried victims—victims, according to experts from every major law school in the state who could lose their domestic violence protections because of the broad wording of Amendment One.
“This is just a handful of the many, many, many victims that could be affected,” says McCool as she pulls from the stacks of cases of unmarried, abused women.
The second, online-only ad, entitled “Andrea McConnell” provides another human face to Amendment One’s threats to domestic violence laws. In the ad, McConnell, a New Bern resident, explains that her sister was murdered by her then-boyfriend, and she will be voting against Amendment One because of threats to domestic violence protections for unmarried couples. “Please vote against Amendment One. Please do not have more families like mine in North Carolina,” says McConnell.
Both ads are designed to shed light on the unintended consequences of the amendment’s broad and vague language, which states “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
“As voters head to the polls for the final week of early voting, it is our charge to expand even further our efforts to educate them on Amendment One’s potential threats to families they know and love,” Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for Protect All NC Families. “And so we’ll be turning up the volume this week with both online and television advertising meant to show the very real and personal impact of Amendment One, including harms to unmarried victims of domestic violence.”
Early voting has been stellar so far; it began on April 19 and runs through May 5. One key county is the one I live in, Durham, which is deep Blue and the early vote has been brisk: