Archive | September, 2011

Here I am, up on my Soapbox Again…

13 Sep

I’m sure most of you who are reading this have seen my angry tweets regarding the constitutional amendment that’s being voted on in the NC Senate today, but I only have so many outlets for my frustration- so I’m using this one as well.

I’ve always been proud to be from North Carolina. When I was little, I imagined that there were many more exciting and interesting places to live, but the more I travel, the more I love North Carolina. The people are genuine, we have great weather, and don’t even get me started on how much I love the NC mountains. This place is home.

But today, when I read the paper, the sick feeling in my stomach would not go away. I feel ashamed that the lawmakers in my state want to ban my friends and family from the right of being able to marry whoever they choose. People who’ve grown up in this state, gone to school here, and want to continue their lives in their home won’t be able to if this ridiculous amendment is passed.

Here’s the wording of the new amendment:

“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” (via Raleigh News & Observer)

Not only does this wording define marriage in a narrow sense, it dissolves recognition of all other unions (domestic partnership, civil unions)… effectively taking a step backwards. Someone tell me how this is logical.

My understanding has always been that our forefathers (who are always being credited for these close-minded ideals) founded this nation on the idea of wanting government to stay the hell out of their religious beliefs. So saying that they would’ve supported something that lets conservatives craft their religious convictions into a constitutional amendment is preposterous to me.

I personally don’t view gay marriage as a religious issue. I think that as citizens of the USA, we are entitled to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness, and since committing your life to someone doesn’t hurt anyone else, it shouldn’t be anyone’s business who you choose to marry. Whether you “believe” in being gay or not (whatever that means), freedom for everyone is what this country is supposed to stand for.

However, if it is a religious issue in your mind, consider these good points I read in the paper today:

Rep. Marcus Brandon says “It’s just this type of judging and this spirit of judging that makes it hard for people to accept Christ. This is not the spirit of Jesus. Not even close.” Amen to that.

Rep. Glen Bradley also made an interesting point/suggestion for the amendment: He says, “If we care about the institution of marriage in North Carolina, we must move to remove authority of man over the dominion of God and not stake our claim even deeper than it is.” The News & Observer reported that “Bradley offered a change that would have asked voters to prohibit state licensing of all marriages in addition to the same-sex marriage ban.”  Now that’s the ultimate way to leave it up to God.

Please, think about this issue seriously. Put away any prejudices you may carry, and imagine how you’d feel if you were being denied the right to marry the one you love. Let’s stand together and fight for equality.

 

Equality is a right, not a priviledge.