Celebrity Apprentice contestant and former American Idol competitor Clay Aiken is positively distraught over his home state of North Carolina passing a very restrictive piece of legislation that prohibits gay marriage.
Defining marriage as between a man and a woman, the deep south state has drawn a line in the sand regarding civil rights. The singer is speaking out about his disappointment with their decision now, using his Hollywood clout as an openly gay father who is an upstanding American citizen to make gay-bashers reconsider the justness of their thoughts.
Well respected in Hollywood, the artist represents the best of the gay community. A former special education teacher devoted to doing community service work as well as being a good person, it is sad to think that his legal rights to living a full life are still being curbed.
As a result of the legislation passing, outraged democrats like him are asking to have the Democratic National Convention pulled from Charlotte. The special event typically brings a wealth of cash into the North Carolina as travelers drive and fly in to attend. Having celebrities like Aiken verbally voice criticism of the state fuels the demand to withdraw party support for bringing business to the region.
On Tuesday, North Carolina became the 31st state to approve a “defense of marriage” amendment. The District of Columbia and eight states, most in the Northeast, have legalized same-sex marriage… The on-line petition calling for removing the DNC from Charlotte says it should be moved “to a state that upholds values of equality & liberty, and which treats ALL citizens equally.”
Clay Aiken is expected to be a finalist or the possible winner of Celebrity Apprentice 2012 but the results of Donald Trump’s reality television show have not been released to the general public yet.
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