I’ll just record some thought for posterity.
North Carolina IS the backwards, ignorant cess pool of stupidity that people from more civilized places have always said it is.
I’ve never been ashamed to live in this state. I am tonight.
Most of the people who voted for the amendment have no idea what they’ve just done. And that’s not my fault or your fault for not educating them. At some point, we have to have some faith in each other. At least, I would like to think that. But that’s incredibly ignorant and stupid, isn’t it?
I truly admire activists who never give up the fight for progressive change. I cannot be such an activist. That requires a speck of optimism in humanity.
Am I being a bit harsh?
Nope, this is what I want to say for posterity, which is no less harsh than what the majority of voters of North Carolina just did today. They will be far more embarrassed in the years to come than I will be by anything I write tonight.
And this doesn’t even directly impact me. I can’t imagine what it feels like to have your fellow citizens decide that you do not have the right to the family you want.
I should have done this during early voting. But if you haven’t voted yet, and you either don’t plan to vote today or don’t know why you should be voting AGAINST Amendment One, here’s why:
- The rights of ALL UNMARRIED COUPLES will be restricted
- Discrimination will be embedded in the state constitution, reminiscent of the 1875 amendment that passed to ban interracial marriage
- Health insurance access to unmarried couples and their children will be restricted
- Domestic violence protections for unmarried couples for will jeopardized
- No civil unions will not be a possibility; again, domestic partnerships other than heterosexual marriages will have zero recognition under state law
- The state’s economy will suffer; businesses that value diversity and equal rights for employees will not relocate to N.C.
I have friends who have been happily partnered for many years. They long to be parents. They are in the process of adopting. North Carolina will allow them to adopt, and they’ll be terrific parents. However, if the amendment passed, only one of them will have the right to legally be the child’s parent. This is ridiculous, it’s terrible for children, and it will be the law, unless a majority of voters vote against the amendment tomorrow.
I’ve said my peace. May my state do the right thing tomorrow.