by Bob Geary
Linda Coleman, one of the two candidates for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor, just did a conference call with reporters. She came out strongly against Amendment 1, the anti-gay state constitutional amendment. Her rationale, she said in answer to questions, is that it's a distraction from the real issues of jobs and education. But she added that she isn't just standing pat on the current law, which already bans gay marriages and civil unions. Coleman said the law should be changed to allow civil unions in North Carolina.
"I support civil unions," Coleman said. "We need to change the law to allow people to live together."
Amendment 1 is so poorly written, she said, that it threatens the laws that protect unmarried couples, whether gay or straight, in domestic violence cases, child-custody cases and the like.
Coleman also endorsed Gov. Perdue's call for a 3/4-cent sales tax increase for education.
State personnel director in the Perdue Administration, Coleman is a former state legislator and Wake County Commissioner.