Thousands Demand Dems Yank DNC From N. Carolina
Gay marriage vote prompts outrage
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2012 9:50 AM CDT
Opponents of the marriage amendment demonstrate in Greensboro, NC, May 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(Newser) – Thousands of angry progressives are demanding the DNC pull the Democratic National Convention out of Charlotte in protest of North Carolina's vote to amend its constitution to ban same-sex marriage. A Change.org petition advocating the move has already drawn more than 27,000 signatures, and the same sentiment is lighting up Twitter feeds, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "As an LGBT Democrat married in Iowa, I wouldn't set foot in North Carolina," read one typical tweet.

No one expects the petition to actually work, of course. "The convention is staying in Charlotte," a DNC official tells Politico. But it's going to be an awkward venue, given that President Obama has now officially endorsed same-sex marriage, and Nancy Pelosi intends to spearhead an effort at the convention to make legalization of same-sex marriage an official part of the Democratic Party platform. It is, however, worth noting that Charlotte itself voted against the amendment.