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Bill Clinton speaks out against anti-gay measure in North Carolina

Former US President releases audio spot focusing on pitfalls of Amendment One which goes before voters on Tuesday

Joining his daughter Chelsea Clinton in speaking out against North Carolina’s Amendment One, former President Bill Clinton has released an audio statement sharing his thoughts about why he is against the controversial measure which goes before voters on Tuesday (8 May).

Clinton, who ushered in both Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act during his 1993-2001 presidency, does not focus on the anti-gayness of the proposed legislation that would ban the state from recognizing civil unions, strip away domestic partner benefits and could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples in the state.

'If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage,' Clinton says.  '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.'

' Its passage will also take away health insurance from children and could even take away domestic violence protections from women,' Clinton adds. 'So the real effect of the law is not to keep the traditional definition of marriage, you’ve already done that.  The real effect of the law will be to hurt families and drive away jobs.  North Carolina can do better.'

While Clinton and his daughter have brought high-profile support, evangelist Billy Graham, 93, placed ads in 14 newspapers over the weekend voicing support for the measure.

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