In 1867, North Carolina amended the state’s constitution to read: “All marriages between a white person and a negro, or between a white person and a person of negro descent to the third generation inclusive, are hereby forever prohibited.”
This amendment was ratified a full 2 years after the abolition of slavery in the United States, and was in force for one hundred years until it was overturned in 1967 by Loving v. Virginia.
On March 8th, 2012, North Carolina amended their state constitution again. “Amendment One” reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
There was already legislation in place defining “marriage” as between a man and a woman. The wording of this bigoted and hateful amendment takes things one step further, and declares that such a marriage is now the only “domestic legal union” that will be recognized under North Carolina law.
What does this mean for North Carolina residents who are NOT in a heterosexual, legally recognized marriage?
It means that people living together in a domestic partnership or civil union who are not legally “married” are no longer considered a family. It means unmarried hetero couples are not considered a family. It obviously means that gay couples with or without kids are not considered a family. It even means that unmarried women with kids are not considered a family.
Way to go, all you hate groups who donated to campaigns for this amendment in the name of “family”. You’ve just destroyed thousands of them.
Like my new friend Richard, who married his Rabbi husband in Connecticut and spent an additional $2700 to ensure legal next of kin recognition… and who can now be legally evicted from his home by his partner’s daughter, who hates both him and the fact that her father is now openly gay and happily living with the man he loves.
Like the under-protected children of non-traditional families, who will be cut off from health insurance since their family isn’t “real” -because “marriage” now defines what a family is, instead of love and commitment.
The list goes on. And on. And on.
The war on gays, women and children is REAL. It does exist. And it is unconstitutional.
North Carolinians, you should be ashamed. Not just the 61% of those who did vote, who voted for Amendment One, but all of you who didn’t bother to vote for equality of all humans, because YOUR rights are safe and protected – or so you think – and you decided this wasn’t important.
Today President Barack Obama spoke out, saying after seeing so many people close to him in loving, committed same sex relationships, raising children together, that he personally felt they should be able to get married.
Some say this is a political move, but when I see him talk about the issue, even as carefully as he has to phrase each sentence, I see a man who has honestly grappled with the beliefs he was raised with and who has come to a very personal conclusion.
Some say it’s because he’s black, so this type of discrimination is easy for him to put into context. Maybe, maybe not. But the next time you start talking about “gay rights”, stop and exchange the word “black” for “gay”. And see how ridiculous it sounds.
It’s time to STOP using some misinterpreted, twisted words from a book that can be argued as having as much value as Brothers Grimm to determine “morality” and to make our laws.
It’s time to START demanding equality for all humans, regardless of what color they are, what gender they are attracted to, or what level of poverty they were born into.
We all bleed red. Grace out.