How can someone amend the North Carolina Constitution to include discrimination? The N.C. Constitution is meant to protect people’s rights, not take them away.
A group of evangelists and some elected officials want an amendment to our state constitution, banning same-sex marriage. There is already a discriminating law forbidding same-sex couples from getting married—why add an amendment? That’s just wasting our legislators’ time on trivial things, when they should be worried about our economy: “Well, I lost my job today, but that’s OK, ‘cause at least those darn homosexuals can’t get married!”
So you are against gay and lesbian members of the community getting
married. What is it that bothers you about gays and lesbians? Don’t read Leviticus, where homosexuality is condemned. That same book of the Bible mandates the death penalty for sassy kids and fortunetellers, by which standard the Hilton sisters and Miss Cleo should have been iced a long time ago. For that matter, in the same chapter it says you shouldn’t sleep with your neighbor’s wife. Watch Jerry Springer or Maury Povich any day of the week, and you’ll see that one’s being broken. It’s impossible to take literally every passage in the book, unless you want to wind up in prison or a mental ward. So don’t hide behind the Bible.
Let’s be honest here. Why do you condemn gays and lesbians, really? It just feels wrong to you, doesn’t it? At some visceral level, it just seems to offend something fundamental. Hey, I understand. It’s one of the emotional sticking points for heterosexual types, this primeval “ick” factor where homosexuality is concerned. I won’t try to talk you out of it. I will, though, point out that once upon a time, the same gut-level sense of wrong and, for that matter, the same Bible were used to keep Jews from swimming in community pools, women from voting, and black people from riding at the front of the bus. And I do believe the Bible says, “Love thy neighbor,” not “Love thy straight neighbor.”
Have we gotten stuck in a time warp? This issue sounds very familiar. Civil rights movement? You may ask yourself, “How can he compare civil rights to the gay rights movement?” Well, you almost answered your own question. Gay rights are civil rights. In fact, Coretta Scott King said this about her late husband’s vision: “All forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.‘s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for gay and lesbian people.”
Thank you for listening to the other side, and please contact your state
senator and representative and voice your opinion against this amendment.
— Chris Priddy