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    Top Bank of America executive comes out against NC Amendment One that would amend the NC Constitution to state that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

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North Carolina voters will vote for or against Amendment One — a constitutional amendment that will ban same-sex marriage from being recognized in our great state. This amendment will make it harder for the high-tech startups that are driving our economic growth to continue to grow and operate in our state. Don't take our word for it though — hear what the CEOs have to say.

Carrboro businesses oppose NC marriage amendment [Carrboro Commons, 4/11/12]

"North Carolina is one of the most business-friendly states in the nation, and this amendment would harm our state’s ability to recruit the innovators and businesses that are driving our economic recovery. Jobs are my number one priority, and we cannot afford to take our eye off the ball and give businesses a reason to grow and expand elsewhere." -- Sen. Kay Hagan

"I fear that this amendment is going to ruin what is a perfect place for North Carolina in history as a truly southern state with all the wonderful things that go with that, but can still be forward thinking, be progressive, be attractive, be an option for people who want to innovate. This amendment is going to hurt jobs. It's going to hurt our economy. And it's going to hurt our ability to position ourselves as a winning place for business and success for the next fifty years." -Scott Harmon

The amendment would effectively show that this state "does not welcome the diverse workforce that any state needs to compete in the international marketplace.…the next Facebook, Apple, or Google could be created by another North Carolinian…be mindful of how you treat them and their families.” -­‐ Chris Hughes, Facebook Cofounder and native North Carolinian

"If [Amendment One] passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage. What it will change is North Carolina’s ability to keep good businesses, attract new jobs, and attract and keep talented entrepreneurs. If it passes, your ability to keep those businesses, get those jobs, and get those talented entrepreneurs will be weakened. And losing even one job to Amendment One is too big of a risk." -- former President Bill Clinton

"Several conservative business leaders, worried about the impact on North Carolina’s economy, have also come out against Amendment One. While the state’s largest biggest business group — the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce — has remained silent on the issue, other top business leaders have not." -- "The Daily Advance" editorial

"This amendment has an economic impact. As a business owner, it impacts my ability to attract the talented, highly educated, open minded people that Lulu needs. It further impacts my ability to offer competitive health benefits to my employees and their families. This is not about supporting or opposing gay marriage[.]" - Bob Young, Founder, Red Hat; Founder/CEO, Lulu

Who We Are: Business Against Amendment 1

Vote Against Amendment One: Laurelyn Dossett and Friends