Shannon Ritchie, a new mom and North Carolina native who volunteered in the effort to fight Amendment 1, the state’s recent ban on gay marriage, launched her petition on Change.org on Wednesday night after seeing President Obama publicly endorse gay marriage. “My husband and I were heartbroken when we found out that North Carolina’s hurtful and discriminatory Amendment 1 had passed on Tuesday evening,” said Ritchie, a registered Democrat. “But when I saw the president speak out in support of marriage equality, it gave me hope that we can still make a positive change right here in my home state of North Carolina. With the Democratic National Convention coming here in September, now is our chance to make history.” Each signature on the petition generates an email that is sent to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the 2012 Democratic National Convention Chair. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee Chair, is also listed as a target on the petition.