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Community Conversation to focus on Amendment One
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Contact: Willie Ratchford, Executive Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations, the Community Building Initiative and Mecklenburg Ministries will co-host another community conversation, "Can We Talk (and Listen to One Another) About the Proposed Amendment to the NC Constitution: What's at Stake?" The event will take place on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Queens University Sports Complex, located at 2229 Tyvola Road.

The conversation will discuss the proposed amendment, which defines opposite-sex marriage as the only legally recognized domestic union in the state. Topics covered include the following:

  • What are the legal implications of the proposed amendment?
  • Why do some people believe we need this amendment while others feel so strongly that it will be harmful to North Carolina?
  • How do we respect the views of people with whom we adamantly disagree?
  • What happens in our community on May 9, 2012?

"The controversy and passionate opinions on both sides of this issue warrant a fair and safe conversation," said Willie Ratchford, executive director of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations. "People struggle with whether this amendment is about morality, religion, economics or equality. We hope to provide a forum for diving into that topic."

To RSVP for this event, please contact Willie Ratchford at 704-336-2195 or