As you by now know, my fellow North Carolinians voted yesterday to accept the infamous Amendment One, which will insert language into our state constitution that our state will only recognize civil unions and marriages between one man and one woman, forever and ever, amen.
I am disgusted by this vote and ashamed to call myself a native of this state. It was bad enough that our leaders in Raleigh thought it appropriate to put human and/or civil rights up for a popular vote, but the fact that 60% of my neighbors across the state (more like 80% in my county) actually had the audacity to vote for such a poorly written, prejudicial bit of legislation makes it far more disturbing.
As bad as all that is, what bothers me even more is the behavior of much of this state’s religious community. The church next door to my home held a “crusade” last week, and others across the state held “revivals” and other festivals of zealotry in the final days before the vote took place. Many. like my neighbors even went so far as to advertise their support for the amendment in blatant violation of the rules of their non-profit, tax-exempt status.
Amendment One was a religiously inspired piece of legislation, designed to keep some citizens from exercising their civil rights as American citizens and as such is in direct violation of both the first and the fourteenth amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. The fact that most of the so-called patriots who voted for this hateful piece of shit are the ones most likely to wrap themselves in the flag and scream about violations of their own rights. You cannot have it both ways folks.
I’m mad as hell about this, and will do all I can to support the lawsuits that we all knew would follow passage of this amendment. If it bankrupts our state, so be it. I would encourage my fellow Americans from other states who may be contemplating a vacation trip or business relocation to our state to please reconsider. Spend your money where it can support people who understand civil rights and the limits of our constitutional government.
This isn’t the last you’ll hear from me and the 40% of us who worked to defeat ignorance and prejudice in North Carolina. We have only begun to fight.