We Are the 39 Percent
Amendment One passed on Tuesday. Hate and discrimination have been voted into the NC Constitution. I know that this amendment will not have a long life and we have lost the battle but not the war, but I am so disappointed. Yes, I admit that internally I am calling those who voted for it without fully educating themselves on what the amendment would do nasty names, but overall, I just feel disappointed.
It was naive, but based on what I saw on Twitter on Facebook, I thought the amendment had a decent chance of failing. I hoped that my fellow citizens who have a innate cultural disdain for the government telling them what to do would vote accordingly.
I was wrong, and I am disappointed.
I’m disappointed that my state felt the need to waste time and money on amendment that outlaws something that was already illegal.
I’m disappointed that conservatives sneaked the amendment into the primary, knowing and counting on turnout to be low. This amendment was not voted on by the state’s entire electorate but by a small percentage.
I’m disappointed that conservatives are making marriage an issue in the 2012 election, trying to ensure that voters will vote against Obama because of their feelings on it instead of on economic policies when our nation is in a genuine economic crisis.
I’m disappointed that politicians and voters continue to fail to consider unintended consequences of dangerous, poorly-worded legislation.
I’m disappointed that I have to defend my state and its citizens against comments such as “North Carolignorance” and “I thought all the Northern transplants would override the state’s ignorant natives.” I’m a native North Carolinian and proud of it, and there are many of us who voted against the amendment for a variety of reasons and while I’m ashamed and angry at what the state has done, I also must defend it, myself and others like me. It’s a weird position to be in.
We’ve told people that we don’t care if Daniel is gay, and the response is always a gasp followed by “You don’t mean that!” We do. We don’t go around hoping he is, but the point is that we don’t care. It’s not an issue to us. Truly. Our hope for him is that he finds love and if that love is for a man, woman or hermaphrodite, we don’t care. Those voting for Amendment One are correct in that marriage is sacred. I believe it is sacred. It is sacred because it is two people coming together and pledging their lives to a larger union. What does gender or sexuality have to do with that?
Here are reactions from other North Carolinians to the passage of Amendment One:
- In Which Amendment 1 Pisses Me off
- Today is a Hard Day
- Another Letter to My Sons
- A Note to My Daughter: I Want You to Care
- North Carolina, I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Disappointed
- On Love and God and Being a North Carolinian
- Amendment One Hurts All North Carolinians
- And the Greatest of These is Love
- Amendment One and My Family, After the Vote
- Despite Amendment One’s Passing, NC is a Better State Today
- A Letter to My Sons on Politics and the Internet
- WTF, Week
If you come across more posts, please send them to me so I can add them. I want to curate them.