TO THE EDITOR:
On May 8, Tar Heels have a unique opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to equal rights and opportunity for all residents.
Among various candidates for public office, North Carolinians will also vote on Amendment One, a proposal aiming to define marriage between a man and woman as the only valid or recognized domestic legal union in our state.
We, as representatives of the entire student body, strongly encourage you to vote against this amendment because of its consequences to the University. The amendment will hamper the University’s efforts to continue recruiting the best and brightest students and faculty, who may opt to study and work in a state where LGBTQ rights are secured.
The amendment would also outlaw domestic partner benefits for public employees, a critical lifeline for many faculty and staff at the University.
In February, Student Congress passed a resolution against Amendment One with an overwhelming majority. Today, we proudly join the chorus of student governments across North Carolina in opposition to Amendment One.
We, the students, have an obligation to promote the University as a safe and inclusive environment for all. On May 8, let us exemplify the Carolina Way once more and vote against a proposal that would be devastating to many members of the Tar Heel family.
You can vote early at Rams Head Dining Hall beginning Monday, at 11 a.m. Voting will be held weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until May 5.
Will Leimenstoll ’13 Student body president