Taking Crazy One Step Too Far: North Carolina

Not to downplay things like Prop 8 and the law that eventually did allow same-sex marriage in New York, but those were laws. Laws can be overturned. They can be overturned pretty easily at that.

You know what can’t be overturned easily? CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.

Thankfully, the United States Constitution is unlikely to ever be amended to ban gay marriage, because it is extraordinarily challenging to amend the US Constitution. Only one amendment has ever been overturned (the 18th), which should give an idea of how permanent these changes are meant to be. On top of that, marriage is an issue of the states, and there are probably enough people in this country in favor of not permanently barring some citizens from having rights that the federal constitution is safe.

North Carolina’s constitution…not so much.

THIS NOVEMBER, North Carolina is taking crazy one step too far and trying to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. If this passes, it will be almost impossible to get it overturned. This amendment may also interfere with existing child custody situations and cause thousands of families to lose benefits.

So I’m going to ask you again: is the legitimacy of a family determined by how people have sex?

IF YOU THINK THE ANSWER TO THIS IS NO, YOU SHOULD BE FIGHTING THIS BILL.

I am not from North Carolina, I am from New York. I cannot vote against this. But if you live in North Carolina and you are over the age of 18, you can. If you KNOW people from North Carolina, and they can vote, make sure you are talking to them about this piece of legislation. A constitutional amendment is a big freaking deal. It should not be passed just because some people cannot accept the way others choose to live their lives. GAY MARRIAGE IS ALREADY ILLEGAL IN NORTH CAROLINA. There is no reason to add this to the constitution just to make sure people never get their rights.

What scares me most is that people aren’t talking about what this really means. If North Carolina can push through this amendment, it could set the precedent that other states that really want to make sure gay marriage never comes into being in their state attempt to do the same. I understand that marriage is supposed to be a power of the state, but it is also a fluid concept. Polygamy used to be widely accepted in some societies, until the Judeo-Christian tradition deemed this to be incorrect. Then it was just white men and white women. Now it is interracial couples as well. So let’s face the facts here: marriage changes. And sometimes societal norms change much more quickly than constitutions.

So please, if you care about this, don’t stop talking about this. Because of all the anti-gay or anti-feminist legislation I have written about on this blog, this scares me the most.

For more information on this subject, please feel free to check out the following articles:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/13/north-carolina-gay-marriage-constitutional-amendment_n_960415.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/03/north-carolina-gay-marriage-ban-is-protested_n_992451.html

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~ by Randi Saunders on October 25, 2011.

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