By Jason Puckett
With a vote of 25-1-12, Elon’s Student Government Association passed a resolution to officially oppose Amendment One, which would define marriage within North Carolina’s Constitution.
The proposal, written by Elon Spectrum’s advocacy and education chair Lauren Clapp, is based off of Elon’s Non-Discrimination policy, which reads:
“The university does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff or the operation of any of its programs.”
“We have an institutional commitment to diversity,” Clapp said, while speaking Thursday night. “What sort of message would we be sending if we don’t pass a resolution saying that Amendment One is discriminatory?”
Freshman Austin Faur, who also spoke at the meeting and is in support of the amendment, said that Amendment One is meant to protect the future of the State.
“Before you cast your vote,” he said, “please ask yourself the question, ‘What is Marriage?’ and realize that Amendment One is not, and never was meant to be, discriminatory. It is purely meant to protect the future of this wonderful State.”
The SGA senate held a fifteen-minute discussion during which senators expressed their concerns over taking a stance on a politically charged issue and whether it would represent the full student body.
“We’re here not to represent what we personally believe,” said junior class Senator Ryan Budden. “I have talked to people who oppose this, and passing this makes it sound like everyone approves.”
After deliberation, the proposal received the necessary majority vote and was passed. SGA President Darien Flowers said that the next step in carrying out this legislation is contacting Senator Rick Gunn and Representative Dan Ingle to express Elon’s position on Amendment One.