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News State / Region Efforts under way to educate voters on N.C.’s Amendment One on May 8 ballot

A Western Carolina University Student organization is teaming up with a state non-profit organization to host a festival of sorts to educate people on the proposed Anti-LGBT, gay-marriage amendment that will hit the primary ballots on May 8th and to register people to vote.

If approved by Tar Heel voters, the amendment would make same sex marriage and civil unions illegal in North Carolina.

WCU UNITY! members, who work to support and advocate for people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning their sexuality, intersex, asexual and their allies, are working hand in hand with Equality North Carolina, the state’s leading force behind LGBTQIA+ issues.

The Race to the Ballots campaign is a statewide tour from the mountains to the coast that’s sole purpose is to register citizens to vote and educate on Amendment One. Jen Jones from Equality NC will be physically running across the state to get people amped up to vote on the May 8th primary.

“UNITY! and ENC will be hosting a daylong event that will get people excited to vote and educate them at the same time,” said Zachery Reedy, president of UNITY! and Student Ambassador for Equality NC. Some of the events throughout the day include: Voter-Registration Drive, “The Rainbow Ball Dance Party”, drag show, special guest appearances, and so much more.

“Having the kick-off of this event is big news for WCU. This will draw much attention to the campus and give us the chance to educate people in the area on stuff that they may not know about,” said Reedy, a junior sociology major from Rockford, Ill. “We invite everyone to come out to this event and begin getting prepared to fight this amendment,” Reedy said.

For more information on this topic, UNITY!, Equality NC, call Zachery Reedy at 828/734- 7329 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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