This is not about politics.
I just want to make that clear from the get-go, because so many people (myself included) immediately get their asses up on their shoulders when you start talking about politics. Frankly, no one is interested in hearing what a person of a differing opinion has to say, because they're wrong. There is no such thing as civilized political discourse, it is all left and right and a bunch of people acting like monkeys, slinging their shit around.
But sometimes, something strikes me as so important, that I feel I really need to address it publicly. And by publicly, I mean on my little blog, not on a street corner where I might be tempted to grab someone and yell, YOU ARE SO STUPID. Not much civility in that.
On May 8th, the citizens of North Carolina are asked to vote on Proposition 1, a Constitional Amendment to specify marriage to be between one man and one woman. Such a law is already on the books in NC, but a Constitutional Amendment is like the Double-Double of laws; it's Law with Special Sauce.
Prop 1 is, of course, designed to keep all those crazy gays from getting married, and spreading their gayness across the land. The only problem is (that is, if you don't consider denying a certain group of people what should be a basic right to be a problem), the proposition could negatively impact employee benefits, domestic violence protections, survivor benefits, and more for unmarried heterosexual couples and their children. Not to mention couples (straight and gay) who have marriages and civil unions recognized in other states.
That is fucked up.
Even some of the most ardent supporters of California's Prop 8 are like, Whoa! Hold up!
Look, I understand it if your religion says gay people can't be married. Hell, I'd like it if people who don't understand the difference between their, there, and they're couldn't get married. But those are not the times we live in! This proposition is about so much more than morality or politics or what your opinion is on where a person puts their funstick.
It's about treating all people with fairness, and protecting their rights as human beings. There shouldn't be anything political about that.
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