Thursday, May 13, 2004

They haven't closed off the borders to Gaston yet?

Good grief, I knew it was coming, but you still hold out hope. Still, it's not like moving from Georgia to North Carolina made a huge difference, since Georgia has introduced it's own constitutional amendment. Still, I don't think I hear of most of these proposed amendments trying to bar all forms of recognition for same-sex unions. That's just particularly thick icing on this devil's food cake.

I'm afraid that this will pass, however. North Carolina seems even more conservative than most of the Deep South, given that it's home to Billy Graham and much of the regional evangelicism, including the long-defunct Heritage USA. And given that the turnaround time for this amendment process is so quick, there is no time to show the gentle God-fearing populace of North Carolina that gay marriage won't bring about the next Soddom and Gamorrah. I'm still confused as to why a conservative request for marriage is more threatening and evil than gay people who choose to whore around and abuse drugs?

According to Equality NC, a statewide organization that advocates equal rights
and justice for North Carolina's lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender community:

Sen. Jim Forrester (R-Gaston), the newly-chosen Senate Minority
Leader, has filed a bill that seeks to amend the North Carolina
Constitution to discriminate against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender community.

North Carolina already discriminates against same sex couples by
denying us the right to marry, but Sen. Forrester's bill would
elevate that discrimination to the Constitutional level,' said Ed
Farthing, Executive Director/Development. 'The bill also seeks to
deny recognition of same-sex domestic partnerships, civil unions, or
other similar relationships recognized in other states.'

In order to become part of the Constitution, the amendment would
need to pass the North Carolina House and Senate by a three-fifths
margin; the amendment would then be placed before the voters on the
November ballot, where a simple majority is required for passage.

No comments: