The Mountain Xpress has done a remarkable job lately of representing only one side of the Amendment One issue. I [voted] for it.
There is an ignorant presumption that anyone who supports traditional marriage is a homophobe or a religious zealot. I am neither. Actually, I am a pagan. And, as pagan, I believe that nature’s law is the supreme law. And homosexuality is obviously unnatural, except in the sense that any illness may be said to be natural.
It is worth pointing out that, like it or not, marriage sits at the crossroads of religion and politics. The gay agenda is, as we have seen in New York and California, determined to force itself on both. In California, Proposition 8 was the will the people. It was struck down by some activist judges who overreached their authority. In New York, gay “marriage” was forced onto the people by a governor who overreached his authority in a fly-by-night deal. The goal of Amendment One is simply to prevent such atrocities from happening here in North Carolina.
We are supposed to believe that Amendment One “harms children.” But similar amendments have passed in every other state in the Southeast. And, curiously, there was never any mass exodus of oppressed gay people fleeing to New York or California to escape persecution.
I encourage anyone who, like me, supports traditional marriage to not be afraid to speak up … I [voted] for Amendment One, and if you think that means that I hate gay people, then that is exactly the sort of ignorance that seems to characterize so many of the gay-agenda supporters.
— Joseph Jenkins