NC State Senator’s Wife: Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment ‘Protects Caucasian Race’
Jodie Brunstetter, the wife of Republican North Carolina state senator Peter Brunstetter, defended her husband, author of an anti-gay marriage Amendment 1, telling a poll worker that he was “protecting the Caucasian race,” and trying to save the Constitution from “activist judges.” According to freelance journalist Chad Nance of Winston-Salem, a poll worker identified as “Michael” said:
I had my back to her like this. She said, "The reason my husband wrote Amendment 1 was because the Caucasian race is diminishing and we need to uh, reproduce."
Another unidentified poll worker also said:
(Mrs. Brunsetter said) … the Caucasian race is diminishing. The reason that's a problem is that it was white people that founded this country.
Nance approached Brunstetter, asking for clarification:
BRUNSTETTER: [P]eople who founded the United states wrote a Constitution and it has been what has preserved this society. And we were just talking about lots of different things which the gentleman was turning around.
NANCE: You didn’t tell that one lady that it was to preserve the Caucasian race, because they were becoming a minority? That’s what an old lady down the block told us.
BRUNSTETTER: No, no.
NANCE: You didn’t say that? She’s lying?
BRUNSTETTER: No. It’s just that same sex marriages are not having children. [...]
NANCE: You didn’t say anything about Caucasians?
BRUNSTETTER: I probably said the word.
NANCE: In reference to….? You didn’t tell her anything about Caucasians? …
BRUNSTETTER: 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 so there has been a lot of conversation going back and forth…. Right now I have some heat stroke going on. I’m not quite sure now. Because there has been lots of confusion.
NANCE: So you did or did not say anything about Caucasians?
BRUNSTETTER: If I did it wasn’t anything race related.