DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina’s gay and lesbian community is celebrating itself and mobilizing against an amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage.
The 27th North Carolina Pride Parade drew about 7,000 people to Durham on Saturday.
Groups of volunteers worked the crowd to register new voters ahead of next May’s ballot on the constitutional amendment. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt urged festivalgoers to organize against the issue. Kleinschmidt is openly gay.
Nearby the parade of Harley riders and the original cowboy member of the disco act the Village People were opponents holding Christian-themed placards. Buddy Fisher said he traveled from Hickory to preach his view that marriage should only be allowed between one man and one woman.