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.