Jodie Brunstetter, the wife of prominent North Carolina state Senator Peter Brunstetter, is being criticized for saying that Amendment One would protect the Caucasian race.

According to, Brunstetter made her remarks outside an early voting site.

“The reason my husband wrote Amendment One was because the Caucasian race is diminishing and we need to uh, reproduce,” she allegedly told another supporter. The conversation was overheard by an African-America poll worker and told to Winston-Salem freelance journalist Chad Nance, who reported the story on the site of Greensboro alternative Yes! Weekly.

“During the conversation, Ms. Brunstetter said her husband was the architect of Amendment One, and one of the reasons he wrote it was to protect the Caucasian race,” Nance paraphrased. “She said Caucasians or whites created this country. We wrote the Constitution. This is about protecting the Constitution. There already is a law on the books against same-sex marriage, but this protects the Constitution from activist judges.”

Senator Brunstetter told ThinkProgress: “My wife is one of the sweetest, most genuine people you will ever met. Her convictions on the marriage amendment are spiritual in nature, not racial. The individual in question had been quite abusive and intimidating. The amendment is not racially motivated, is quite simple and straightforward and, in fact, is widely supported in many areas of the African-American community.”

Rev. William J. Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, responded in a statement.

“The alleged comments by the supporter of Amendment One would be less concerning if they did not fit as a piece of the cynical puzzle of race-based political agendas and money found in the forces and rationales behind the discriminatory Amendment,” he said, referring to the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) strategy to pit minorities against supporters of gay marriage.