Today, 600 students are expected to wear identical yellow shirts in protest of Amendment One.
The amendment, which would change the North Carolina constitution to recognize only marriage between a man and a woman as a legal union, has mobilized a coalition of diverse groups of students and faculty leading up to the May 8 primary.
The movement’s leaders said they are focused on opposing the legislation through educating voters about its ramifications.
Sophomore Josh Orol, head of the t-shirt initiative for the UNC Coalition Against Amendment One, has distributed 600 shirts protesting the amendment.
Students all wear the shirts on specific days to raise awareness, he said.
“I wanted to create a visible icon to show people that a vote on the amendment is approaching,” he said.
Jackie Overton, chairwoman of the Employee Forum, said that while the forum cannot officially take a stand against the amendment, it has outlined its possible consequences to faculty and staff.
“We want to raise the point that this affects many people, not just gay couples,” she said.
In a letter to Chancellor Holden Thorp, Overton outlined the forum’s concerns about the amendment. These include vague legislation, the amendment’s discriminatory nature and the negative impacts it would have on UNC faculty and staff — such as the loss of benefits for many North Carolina families, not solely those with same-sex partnerships.