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Social Workers’ Film Protests NC Marriage Amendment

Chris Weedy and her husband Jimmy Creech are featured in the short film, "My Marriage is Not Threatened by Gay Marriage in NC." Screenshot from film.

National Association of Social Workers member Thomas “Tab” Ballis and Andy Meyers have created a short film to protest a controversial North Carolina ballot initiative that would discriminate against gay people, according to this article on Huffington Post.

Gay marriage is already banned in North Carolina but the initiative would rewrite the state Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

The film from Meyers and Ballis features Chris Weedy and her husband Jimmy Creech, a heterosexual couple who believe their marriage is not threatened by the right of gay people to marry.

Weedy, who is also a social worker, even started a Facebook page where hundreds of heterosexual couples have protested the ballot initiative.

“I consider this constitutional amendment to be a malicious act of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, against their inherent dignity and humanity,” Creech said.

Meyers is a member of Working Films, a company that combines documentary filming with community organizing and activism. Ballis is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical addictions specialist who also makes documentary films through Family Tree Productions.

Voting has already begun on the ballot initiative and a voting results will be announced on May 8.

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter has already come out against the ballot initiative. To read more about that click here.

Social workers are dedicated to equal treatment for all, including LGBT people. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ Diversity and Equity website by clicking here.

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  1. Chris Weedy is also a social worker.

  2. Chris:

    Thanks for letting us know you are also a social worker! We have updated our article. Congratulations for taking part in such a great project.

    Greg Wright
    Senior Public Relations Specialist
    National Association of Social Workers

  3. Kudos to ALL of you – very impressive what you have done!!!! You definitely have contributed to the elevation of the perception of what social workers are all about! Thank You in the name of all SW!!
    Kathy Gurland, LCSW

  4. I must say that I am shocked at the fact that society still has something against the LGBT community. There are so many things in this world of ours that needs attention, and LGBT is definitely not one of them! What is it to you, society, if same-sex couples get married. Is it just because you think that it is “not right”? Who cares what you think! In this day and age, everyone has equal rights, or is supposed to. Whenever something goes wrong in the world, the blame somehow, always reaches the LGBT community. What did they do to you? There will come a time when gay rights are so strong, that people will not have a choice but to accept them into society. They are just like anyone else and what does their sexual preference have to do with anyone? People, just mind your own business please, because that is what they do! If more people stand up for gay rights, the world will “evolve” much quicker.

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