Yesterday, North Carolina voted to ban same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution. According to CNN, same-sex marriage was already prohibited in the state but those against it felt there needed to be a constitutional amendment that would explicitly define marriage to “ward off future legal challenges.” The amendment says “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized.”
Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges.
Voters approved the amendment by a 61%-39% margin with all counties reporting, according to unofficial returns from the State Board of Elections.
61% of voters went to the polls with the mindset that being gay is wrong (because that’s what it boils down to for people like that) and voted for this discriminatory amendment without giving it serious thought. Now, thanks to the majority of voters:
It could affect unmarried couples who live together and bring them unintended consequences on issues such as child custody and the prosecution of domestic violence, said Kathryn Bradley, a law professor at Duke University.
This amendment not only screws over gays, but it can screw with the rights of men and women in heterosexual relationships, who live together and are not married. That this amendment could affect those in domestic violence disputes is truly scary. So some voters went into the booth yesterday and let their busybody tendencies possibly screw themselves over.
“Despite the relentless lawsuits and attempts to marginalize supporters of traditional marriage, a clear majority of the American people have not given up on standing in support of marriage,” said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council. “But instead, the evidence suggests they want to see it strengthened and preserved for future generations.”
Here’s my question for Perkins and the many who share this sentiment: How does same-sex marriage weaken “traditional” marriage? How would a marriage between “Chris and John” or “Beth and Susan” affect a marriage between “Mark and Jane”? I’m really waiting on SOMEONE to answer this because from every angle I look at it, same-sex marriage affects no other marriage.
- Official: North Carolina Bands Same Sex Marriage (thewesternexperience.com)
- North Carolina last southern state to ban same-sex marriage (examiner.com)