Singer Chely Wright will attend next
week a rally against passage of North Carolina's proposed gay
The 40-year-old country music star will
attend next Tuesday's rally in Raleigh being organized by Equality
North Carolina, the state's largest gay rights group.
Opponents of the ban will gather on
Halifax Mall, located across from the state's Legislative Building,
as lawmakers convene a special session on constitutional amendments
which will consider whether to send the marriage amendment to the
ballot box in 2012.
Wright is among a handful of
celebrities openly married to a person of the same gender. Wright
and Lauren Blitzer married in Connecticut last month.
“I have never experienced anything
more emotionally and spiritually rewarding than to be among family
and friends as Lauren and I committed our lives together as one,”
North Carolina's proposed marriage
amendment is “not about preserving the sanctity of marriage …
Rather, this measure is about tearing down the sanctity of human
dignity. It is that full humanity that God places in the gay and
lesbian individual as he does us all. And it is the full humanity
that he wants us to recognize and embrace rather [than] reject,
condemn and demean,” she added.
Wright will also meet with lawmakers on
Monday, September 12.