Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wise words Wednesday: Gay marriage

It’s very dear to me, the issue of gay marriage. Or, as I like to call it, ‘marriage.’ You know, because I had lunch this afternoon, not gay lunch. I parked my car; I didn’t gay park it. — Liz Feldman

I'm not very political at all. Honestly (ashamedly), I'm just not very well-versed in politics. Even though I know I should be, it just doesn't interest me as a whole. But certain things do get my attention. Like the fact that the North Carolina House and Senate just passed a marriage amendment bill in a move to ban gay marriage in the constitution (currently NC is the only state in the southeast without a constitutional ban on gay marriage). It's officially up for vote next May. 

That's just straight up wrong to me, and it pisses me off. Writing bigotry into our state constitution is shameful and it's inherently unfair to let the majority vote on the rights of the minority. I wish it weren't a political thing. Tolerance and equality and basic human compassion shouldn't be debated, especially not in 2011. It's a huge step backwards. Plus, it's overkill and a complete waste of taxpayer dollars since state law already prohibits same-sex marriage. As I understand it, this could outlaw civil unions as well, the only chance non-married partners have of getting rights like hospital visitation, inheritance and child custody rights. NC Legislators, you suck!

I don't like the thought of a world where my kids are told who they're allowed to love. Obviously I have no idea whether my kids will be gay, but if they are, I just want them to have every happiness they deserve. Simple as that. I don't want them or anyone else who's gay to feel like a second class citizen. Adam and I are teaching our children to have compassion and accept all people equally. To not be bullies, to not make fun of people, to not call people names, to not judge people. Yet that's exactly what these conservative lawmakers are doing.

I don't care what you say, I will NEVER understand how a gay couple getting married in any way threatens my marriage. Was it Howard Stern who first said this? Not sure, but I totally agreed when I saw it going around as one of those viral Facebook statuses. "So let me get this straight... Larry King is getting his 8th divorce, Elizabeth Taylor is possibly getting married for a 9th time, Britney Spears had a 55 hour marriage. Jesse James and Tiger Woods are screwing EVERYTHING, yet the idea of same-sex marriage is going to destroy the institution of marriage?? Really?"

I really hope the NC voters show up at the polls in May and do the right thing. I know I will.


  1. well said. I'd like to think that when people from our generation are in office at least we will have a more open mind than the current age group.

  2. Amen! I'm not a political person at all either (and sometimes I feel guilty about this... but at least I do vote!), but stuff like this gets me fired up, too.


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