Disgusting — that's the word that leaps to mind to describe Mayor Bellamy's vote on the same-sex domestic-partnership benefits measure before City Council and her subsequent rationalizations reported in Mountain Xpress. Who would have thought that less than 50 years after the civil-rights struggles and the women's-equality struggles — which allowed this politician to even have a chance of holding public office — that she would be the one voting from a seat of power to deny another group their basic civil rights.
Shame on you, Bellamy — your vote is immoral, as is your feeble justification that you are just representing all voices in the community. You are, in this case, the representative of voices that seek to divide, oppress and legislate morality — and that fact will be remembered come election time. Thankfully, I am convinced your vote will not prevail on this issue. Not in a city like Asheville.
One hundred, 50, even 20 years from now, this will be a non-issue. Politicians like Bellamy and her ilk will be viewed in the same light as we now view segregationists, white supremacists and any number of other groups that sought (and still seek) to encode their bigotry into American law. Don't like that analogy? That is, unfortunately, the role she is playing in history — and as always, history will be the judge.
— John Yelton