I got up bright and early this morning to vote in the North Carolina primaries. I wanted to make sure I was there nice and early, so as not to be late for work. I voted against Amendment 1, which states, “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized.” Same-sex marriages are not currenly legal in North Carolina and this amendment will do absolutely nothing to change that. All it does is make the chances of gay marriage ever becoming legal more difficult, as well as limit the rights of any non-married couple in the state. Supporters say that this amendment will “protect” marriage by allowing it to stay between one man and one woman. My marriage is strong regardless of who else is allowed to be married and if Jay & I have the privilege of being able to marry, then who am I to deny that opportunity to anyone else? I don’t need any government stepping in to help “protect” my marriage.
Something that is funny to me is that growing up in NY, I listened to my parents complain about the “liberal media bias” while now as an adult living in North Carolina, I find myself sad that this amendment may not stand a chance against those uneducated about it because of how blantantly bias the local news is in its favor. Same-sex marriage is already not recognized in the state; why do we need to hammer the point home by making sure it never can be?
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