Monday, May 7, 2012

Listen Up, North Carolina!

Image from TPM.
This is an open letter to the voters of North Carolina. I have a lot to say, but I want this to be easy to read, so I'm resorting to bullet points. So, let's get right to it.

North Carolina, as you vote on Amendment 1, I want you to consider a few things:

• It is unusual to vote on citizens' rights in America. In fact, it's downright un-American (so vote no).
• "Gay marriage" is already prohibited in North Carolina. Putting it in your constitution is redundant (so vote no).
• The amendment is mean-spirited, going much further than merely "protecting" "traditional marriage" (so vote no).
• When same-sex marriage is eventually legal across the country (it's just a matter of time), these types of amendments are going to be embarrassing (so vote no).
• The busy-bodies who put these things on ballots are uniformly odious people. Nasty, despicable people. Look them up, Maggie Gallagher? Brian Brown? Tony Perkins? Who would want to be on their side (so vote no)?
• For those with religious objections, this is the most important part: We're not talking about "holy matrimony," we're talking about civil marriage. If civil marriage had anything to do with religion, interfaith couples and atheists couldn't get married (so vote no).

All that said, I fully expect North Carolina to vote this ugly amendment in. I'm shocked and appalled that this sort of thing can still happen at this late date. I'm disgusted and insulted to have my life and my relationship--gay married in Palm Springs in 2008--used as a political pawn. Especially when most of the "pro" side has used lies, fear, distortions, slander and insults. This thing will likely pass, but I'm hopeful that this movement is on the wane, and this is one of its last gasps.


Moderate NC weighs constitutional gay marriage ban

North Carolina has long prided itself on its moderate politics dating to the civil rights era, as well as its place as a New South leader and a hub for high-tech, banking and higher education. . .

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