“I promise this is my last politically charged status for a while… I am saddened by those who say they “stood up for God today.” There will be no fewer gay people tomorrow than there were today. You did nothing to combat sin in our society. Instead, you stood up for discrimination. In a country founded on religious freedom for ALL, you forced your own beliefs into law, much the same as in a theocracy. For only the 2nd time in NC history, you amended our constitution to remove freedoms instead of grant them (the other being the 1875 interracial marriage ban). Amendment One more resembles the laws of Jim Crow than the spirit of the Gospel. As a devout Christian myself, I feel sick that my religion was used in such a destructive way, and I am truly saddened that you feel so proud of yourselves in the end.” – Laura Lineberger
Human rights: fundamental rights, especially those believed to belong to an individual and in whose exercise a government may not interfere, as the rights to speak, associate, work, etc.
Apparently Senator Brunstetter does not understand this meaning. But then again, it appears that over 60% of North Carolina voters (at least from the 2 million out of 6 million NC voters that cast a vote) agree with him.
It is no coincidence that the map of counties in North Carolina that voted against Amendment One has a direct correlation to the location of the best universities in the state.
When comparing the percentage of individuals that have earned a bachelor’s degree to their area of residence, there is also a strong correlation.
Is this showing a problem with public education in North Carolina or just the sheer ignorance of 61% of the voters in our state. Of course, a great deal of those that voted for Amendment One did so for religious reasons that should not be discounted. Some of the religious reasons which have been manipulated and dictated by what some might call “crazy preachers.” I am in no way trying to tear down the ideals of religion; I am religious myself, but there is a reason that there is an intended separation between the Church and the State.
Just because you have a religious belief does NOT give you the political right to impose your beliefs on others.
For those of you that voted in favor of Amendment One, you have voted to strip rights from not only homosexual couples by banning gay marriage, but you have also taken away rights from heterosexual couples by invalidating domestic partnerships and civil unions. Amendment One affects children, unmarried couples, and the elderly as well.
It is misinformation that will be the downfall of our society. Bigotry and hatred will be the downfall of our society. Continued discrimination will be the downfall of us all.
There will always be differing opinions about every issue known to man. There will always be two sides to every option and always the few undecided who choose not to get involved. When it comes to Constitutional Amendments, there is a bigger issue at hand. The issue of the rights of your fellow citizens of the state lies in our own hands. When this situation arises, it is our responsibility to put aside our personal and religious beliefs for the betterment of humanity.
It is our human duty and responsibility to others that should hold power when it comes to dictating human rights.
It is our time to show the State what we are made of. For those of us that are Against Amendment One, we have an opportunity to educate those in our state that did not even know what the amendment was even about. We can talk to the people who are in favor of the amendment and encourage them to see that it is unconstitutional. We can fight the system.
North Carolina: a state that allows first cousin marriage but bans gay marriage.
This WILL change.
Repeal Amendment One.
I’ll see you on June 15, North Carolina, and you better believe I’m up for a fight.