This just in from North Carolina... I know I've been bugging y'all about supporting the efforts to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment in the Tarheel State, but today it's even more important than ever. While Freedom To Marry may have written them off, grassroots activists have stepped into the void and helped them raise a record amount of cash to run one of the best pro-marriage equality campaigns to date. Even Chelsea Clinton is stumping on their behalf now! (You can read her e-mail to supporters after the break.)
This morning, campaign manager Jeremy Kennedy sent out this last minute plea. I'm copying it here for everyone to see and respond.
We are five days from election day and we are doing all that we can to defeat Amendment One and protect all women, children and families in North Carolina. When we began this campaign skeptics said that we would lose by a substantial margin and that we would never raise any money. And you proved them wrong.
More than 10,000 of you have stepped up to give money to this campaign, thousands more have volunteered and many, many more North Carolinians have stepped up to say that you value all families -- gay and straight -- in North Carolina.
I promise that this is the last time that our campaign will ask you for money but I am making final decisions on buying air time at Noon today. I need to know what resources we have in the bank before then.
Can you give one final time? $10, $25, $50, $100, $250 or more. Please give whatever amount that you feel good about. This is the last day that your donation can go into direct voter contact and we need you.
Our opposition have announced that they are putting another $225,000 into misinformation and we simply must respond. Give what you can today and know that every dollar will be spent wisely to defeat the amendment.
I am honored to have fought to defeat the amendment alongside so many courageous, wonderful North Carolinians. You have inspired your friends, family members and neighbors to stand up and be counted.
Together, on Tuesday, we will defeat Amendment One.
Chelsea's statement of support is after the break.