North Carolina Heads Up the Battle for Equality
May 8th is just around the corner. Well, technically, it’s tomorrow. And by the time I get this posted, it will probably be today. Now, you are probably thinking to yourself…why is this important?
Good question. I’m glad you asked.
Well, I have no doubt that it’s important for all sorts of reasons which we don’t have time to go into at the moment, but in the ongoing battle for equality, May 8th is the date of the next engagement. On May 8th, North Carolina will vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage completely.
Actually, same-sex marriage is already illegal in North Carolina, but the new bill would define marriage in the state constitution as a union between a man and a woman, and thus would ban any type civil partnership or domestic union. Although this bill originally failed to receive enough votes to be placed on the ballot, the second time it was brought up it passed the House 75-42 and the Senate 30-16.
Can I just take a moment to express my extreme frustration with this whole situation? I mean, I’m an optimist. It may seem silly, but I like to think of the future as being progressive. We should be improving things, not taking bad decisions from the past and making them state laws. But maybe that’s just me.
The good news is that there is a very strong resistance to the bill. Opponents of the bill include everyone from President Obama to various town and city councils, and even churches around the state. Many local people are standing up and speaking out against it, and the press is following suit.
“North Carolina can cast a clarion vote against discrimination and in favor of human dignity and loving relationships by rejecting Amendment 1.”~The Independent Weekly
So while it may seem a little bleak when we consider that such a bill even made it as far as the ballot, I’d like to take a moment to cheer on the people fighting against it, and wish them the best of luck in tomorrow’s voting. Let us hope that citizens of North Carolina will take the initiative and refuse to allow discrimination to become a state policy.
For more information on the North Carolina bill, click here.