Since the Republican controlled NC legislature passed legislation giving North Carolinians the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment protecting marriage, we have heard a plethora of flimsy arguments about how this will destroy lives and cause the state to slide into the abyss. The truth is this is all nonsense. The only reason one has to oppose the possibility of such an amendment is the belief that the avenue should be left open for the courts to take redefining marriage into their own hands.
One of the most ridiculous arguments against the amendment comes from our friend Governor Perdue. Perdue has made the case that she opposes this amendment because her top priority is to create jobs in North Carolina. Are you serious? It’s funny that every other state in the South has done exactly this, and they have a better job climate than North Carolina. Apparently pushing for more sales tax increases is the right way to go, but somehow upholding traditional marriage will be the nail in the coffin. Nice try.
Another argument against such an amendment is that it would be writing discrimination into our constitution. Again, this is nonsense. The wording of the amendment says nothing about homosexuals or any other particular group of people, but rather echoes current law on the books. So is the current law discriminatory? Many opponents would say yes, which further illustrates that this debate is not about whether this law would produce any new negative effects, but is about keeping the door open to a future redefining of marriage in the state.
Opponents have also constantly misled the public into believing that this amendment would drastically affect Medical Powers of Attorney, as well as wills and trusts. Again, this is simply bogus. NC law already on the books will not be affected by this legislation. Accusations are also thrown around about how this will affect custody and visitation rights of unmarried parents, which is again areas that are already dealt with in the law. Opposition to this amendment has nothing to do with any of these issues, and it is a sad statement that opponents must resort to this type distraction in order to mount opposition to this common sense amendment to the NC constitution.
Recent cases like the one in Iowa prove that this amendment is indeed needed, which debunks yet another claim by the amendment’s opponents that this is all just unnecessary. The amendment is an exact replica of current law, but in order to assure activists on the court don’t override the will of the people, the legislature has rightly given citizens the opportunity to put this in the constitution. If this doesn’t happen, the push will keep coming until finally one those folks in robes decides they know better than the citizens of NC, and takes the future of the institution of marriage into their own hands.
We can go on all day debunking the nonsense that is thrown at us from amendment one opponents. I say let’s have a real debate. Stop trying to make this about discrimination, jobs, power of attorney, child custody, and all this hoopla. For those who oppose amendment one, say what you mean: the reason you don’t want this to pass is that it will take away any chance of the courts to override the will of the people and redefine marriage as they see fit. Since citizens from both sides of the political spectrum are in favor of protecting marriage, disregarding the will of the people and going through an activist judge is the only option for pushing same-sex marriage onto NC citizens. If you support same-sex marriage, just say so, and we’ll debate it. I say, vote YES on amendment one, protect marriage, and uphold the will of the people in North Carolina!