North Carolinians, what is our message?

Now that Amendment One has defined marriage as between one man and one woman, what is the message the voters sent, not only to the residents of North Carolina, but to all Americans? The message N.C. conveyed to gays is that we don’t hate you. It’s just we don’t want you making a commitment to only one partner, and then to celebrate that commitment with marriage vows in N.C.

The message conveyed to businesses that might consider moving to N.C. is that this state doesn’t want your jobs if you hire gay persons because they are not worthy of being treated equally under the law.

The message conveyed to the religious of N.C. is that the religious majority in our state views the judgments of Leviticus as superseding the compassion of Jesus in the Gospels. The message conveyed concerning our state’s respect for the U.S. Constitution, is that most of the N.C. voters don’t respect the Bill of Rights section.

Past messages North Carolinian voters have sent out to the world include: some of us don’t want you living in our state if you were born with an attraction to the same sex; we will not accept you as a valid citizen in N.C. if you, or your parents, have immigrated here from some foreign country; and we strongly advise anyone living in N.C. to move somewhere else if your religion is too compassionate and inclusive.

I have learned over the past nine years of living in North Carolina to not to ask the residents opposed to gay rights, “Do you believe homosexuality is caused by nature or by nurture?” Most don’t have a clue what I am talking about.

Here is a clue: approximately one out of every 2,000 babies born in North Carolina is a hermaphrodite. This is a baby born with ambiguous genitals, not quite female and not quite male. The doctor, in consultation with the parents, must make a decision to transform the baby into whatever gender they select by using surgery and hormones.

North Carolinians, what is our message? Is it God, nature or nurture that creates a baby with an ambiguous gender? And do we, or do we not, offer that baby the civil rights offered by the U.S. Constitution?

— Calvin King

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