Amendment 1

by Jay on April 23, 2012

Vote “NO”

I’ve been debating with myself whether expressing my opinion on Amendment 1, the proposed amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that would define marriage as a union between one man and one women is a good idea on a real estate website.  I’ve concluded that it is, simply because it affects the livability of our community which traditionally has been accepting and tolerant.  But beyond that it is really an attempt to impose a religious ideal.   The standard complaint is that it is forcing us to accept as normal a lifestyle that is not normal and, worse, forbidden by the Bible, citing an obscure Old Testament chapter that forbids all sorts of things that are almost totally ignored by the people supporting the amendment.  Leviticus, if honored, would be the Christian version of Islamic Sharia law.  If “normal” is our standard for non-discrimination it opens up a lot of opportunity for zealots to suppress the rights of others.

I’ve known enough gay people during my life that I understand that their attraction to the same sex is, by and large,  not a choice.  But suppose it was? Should that really make a difference? Many gay people live in stable, monogamous relationships that often put their heterosexual neighbors to shame.  There is no evidence that they are less effective parents, have more criminal tendencies or are less patriotic or contribute less to society than anyone else.

It is embarrassing that the legislature elected by this state is wasting time and energy to push this amendment when North Carolina has worked so hard to attract industries and jobs that pay well and require intellect and tolerance of differences…different races, different cultures and different sexual orientations. If people are doing no harm, they should not be systematically deprived of rights the rest of us enjoy  just to protect somebody else’s religious standard of “normal.”

Judging by the prevalence of yard signs like the one pictured, Durham will be solidly against the amendment. But Durham and Chapel Hill don’t always reflect the same values that are prevalent in other areas of the state. Therefore I urge everyone who can vote go to the polls on May 8 and vote AGAINST Amendment 1 and send a message that at least this corner of the state is tolerant and inclusive.

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