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Clay Aiken: Proposed NC anti-gay marriage amendment ‘goes too far’

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. — Singer Clay Aiken, a North Carolina native, said he loves his home state but is deeply unhappy about proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same sex marriages.

Clay Aiken

The former “American Idol” contestant spoke out about the amendment in a video posted to YouTube on Monday.

Aiken, who is openly gay, was featured in the video for the group Protect All N.C. Families.

“Families looks different. They have always looked different. You have single-parent families, families with parents of different races, families with parents of different religions,” Aiken said in the video.

“No matter what we want a family to look like, we can’t put into a constitution – a document that is supposed to protect our rights – one narrow definition.”

The amendment, which will appear on May’s primary ballot, would define marriage as being between one man and one woman and outlaw civil unions.

The singer, who is also a parent of a son, said the amendment will harm children of LGBTQ families.

“I think an amendment like this goes way too far,” he said. “It will take away protections from kids who, right now, may have access to healthcare because one of their parents has healthcare at work.”


One of the leading proponents of the amendment is Raleigh pastor Patrick L. Wooden, an anti-gay activist who has made a series of virulently anti-gay statements claiming, for example, that older gay men have to wear diapers after a lifetime of shoving a variety of objects and animals up their anuses.

North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast without a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman, but same sex marriage is against the law already.

Wooden said that giving the Bible’s definition of marriage constitutional protection is the “will of the people.”

According to a poll published last September by Elon University, 56 percent of North Carolina residents oppose the amendment.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. duh?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:07pm
  2. Exactly Zach……………duh?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:10pm
  3. omg. Why can’t these people just worry about themselves and stay out of the private lives of others. Love is love and everyone should have the right to marry the person they want to spend the rest of their life with.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:12pm
  4. My prayer is that the voters of North Carolina are as fair-minded as the North Carolinians I know.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:19pm
  5. Damn politics, Obama get off your ass and make gay marriage a federal wide thing instead of leaving it up to each state. Politics be damned, this is about people and that is more important then winning a damn election.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:29pm
  6. Kathleen it is because they want to control everything that does not affect them directly for some reason. That and the fact that ignorance will just never allow bigotry to go away!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:30pm
  7. I feel so sorry for all the ppl in the gay community that live in those bible belt states, although we are suffering too in Virginia under GOP control . I still think the churches are interfereing into politics and should be stripped of the tax exemption statis they enjoy and should be made to pay up on all their holdings, then maybe they’d shut the f..k up for once !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:39pm
  8. Well, to the question, it certainly isn’t green. As an IT tech, he could have scrubbed the laptop and donated it to a poor kid who couldn’t afford one for school. As to the whole rest of the thing, there’s just too much to comment on so since I have nothing nice to say … :-X

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 3:50am
  9. I am from his state. MANY THINGS are totally backward! Yes,there are MANY social @ economic factors for the dogma & mindset of the state,some areas more than others! People should be allowed to mary whom ever they wish.Society and religion should accept this.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 6:53am