Thousands Demand Dems Yank DNC From N. Carolina

Gay marriage vote prompts outrage
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2012 9:50 AM CDT
Thousands Demand Dems Yank DNC From N. Carolina
Opponents of the marriage amendment demonstrate in Greensboro, NC, May 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Thousands of angry progressives are demanding the DNC pull the Democratic National Convention out of Charlotte in protest of North Carolina's vote to amend its constitution to ban same-sex marriage. A petition advocating the move has already drawn more than 27,000 signatures, and the same sentiment is lighting up Twitter feeds, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "As an LGBT Democrat married in Iowa, I wouldn't set foot in North Carolina," read one typical tweet.

No one expects the petition to actually work, of course. "The convention is staying in Charlotte," a DNC official tells Politico. But it's going to be an awkward venue, given that President Obama has now officially endorsed same-sex marriage, and Nancy Pelosi intends to spearhead an effort at the convention to make legalization of same-sex marriage an official part of the Democratic Party platform. It is, however, worth noting that Charlotte itself voted against the amendment. (More Democratic National Convention stories.)

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