This is just a quick, very important reminder. If you live in North Carolina, please go vote today.
It is my strong hope that you will vote AGAINST an amendment to our state's constitution that will not only ban gay marriage, but also ban civil unions, potentially strip families of health coverage, and eliminate child custody and visitation rights and domestic violence protection laws.
The full implications of this terribly written legislation might not be felt by everyone, but the signal this sends about our state is awful - that we are still so mired in discrimination and bigotry we will not allow people who love one another the same rights simply because they are different.
Do remember that in our country it was once illegal for a white person to marry someone of another race.
How is this ban on gay marriage any different?
It's just as discriminatory and just as hurtful as those old segregation laws. What's next? Separate bathrooms for homosexual couples?
And aside from these points, people are doing it anyway! A single, stupid law will not stop women from falling in love with women, or men with men, choosing to share a life together, live together, and raise children together. They will do it anyway!
The best analogy is a ban on stitching sawtooth stars with pink and
orange fabric. It may clash, but if you are bound and determined to piece those stars with that fabric, is a law really going to stop you? No one wins with this law, and
lots of people will be hurt by it.
I sincerely hope you will look at this issue with an open, logical mind and will cast your vote today.
It seems, very unfortunately, the majority of people in NC do not share my sentiments. This discriminatory legislation passed.
North Carolina can count on moving backward, not forward, into the 21st century.