Right about now North Carolina State Senator Peter Brunstetter—the author of the proposed Amendment 1—is probably wishing his wife paid a little more attention to the “willful submission” part of the Bible. According to reporter Chad Nance, Mrs. Brunstetter (right, with the Senator) said her husband drafted the marriage-equality ban “to protect the Caucasian race.” Nance, a freelance journalist and former volunteer for Democratic candidate Matt Newton, spoke with an African-American poll worker who said he overheard Mrs. Brunstetter make the remark at an early-voting station in Winston-Salem.
The initial conversation was not recorded, but Nance paraphrased the worker, “Michael,” thusly:
“During the conversation, Brunstetter said her husband was the architect of Amendment 1, and one of the reasons he wrote it was to protect the Caucasian race. 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.’”
Nance went to Lady Brunstetter to corroborate the allegation, and this time he videotaped their conversation—and got a friend to stand witness:
Nance: You didn’t tell that one lady that [Amendment 1] was to preserve the Caucasian race because they were becoming a minority?
Mrs Brunsetter: No.
Nance: She’s lying?
Brunsetter: No. It’s just that same sex marriages are not having children.
Nance: But you didn’t say anything about Caucasians, white people… preserving them, [and] that’s why it was written?
Brunsetter: No I’m afraid they have made it a racial issue when it is not.
Nance: She didn’t say it was a racial issue. She said that you had said that part of the reason it had been sponsored and written was to preserve the white race. (a moment later) … you didn’t say anything about Caucasians?
Brunsetter: I probably said the word.
Nance: You didn’t tell her anything about Caucasians? (Silence) I want you to clear it up if you could.
Brunsetter: Right now I am a little confused myself because there has been confusion here today about this amendment where it is very simple. The opponents are saying things that are not true and there has been a lot of conversation back and forth. Right now I have some heat stroke going on. Um there has been lots of confusion.
Nance: Did you say anything about Caucasians?
Brunsetter: If I did it wasn’t anything race-related.
We’d like to try and figure out how you can use the term Caucasian and not be discussing race, but we have heat stroke. Maybe you can take a stab at it in the comments?