My marriage is sowing the seeds of societal destruction in NC once again.
Yes, it's that time of year again. A group of scared, middle-aged white men (and this year, one woman) is so threatened by my relationship with Kate that they've gone back to the drawing board to write discrimination into our state constitution.
Senate Bill 13 (SB13) was filed yesterday. The pertinent language:
Marriage is the union of one man and one woman at one time. This is the only marriage that shall be recognized as valid in this State. The uniting of two persons of the same sex or the uniting of more than two persons of any sex in a marriage, civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar relationship within or outside of this State shall not be valid or recognized in this State. This Constitution shall not be construed to require that marital status or the rights, privileges, benefits, or other legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried individuals or groups."
The prior three attempts have died in committee. The Dem controlled General Assembly has kept it bottled up. That, friends, is the only reason that this state hasn't had an amendment on the ballot. If it ever made it to the polls, it would most certainly pass. The larger question to ask all legislators:
In your opinion, is it appropriate for the people of North Carolina to determine the civil rights of their fellow citizens by direct vote at the ballot box?
It's all or nothing folks, because if they truly believe this is the case, then I want the right to vote on the marriages of the rest of me fellow neighbors and a whole host of other rights, including placing some restrictions on religious fundamentalism. But the answer to this question should be "no." The civil rights of a minority of people should never be determined by the majority.
With stronger Dem numbers this year, we're hoping the same will happen again, but we have to deal with the clowns below stirring up trouble and shameless bigotry.
Primary sponsor of this "essential legislation" --
Counties Represented: Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln
See the rest of the Tarheel homophobes in favor of discrimination after the flip.
Here are the co-sponsors of this hate legislation. What are they scared of?
Senator Austin M. Allran (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5876, Email: Austina@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Catawba, Iredell.
Senator Tom Apodaca (Rep), Deputy Republican Leader, Phone: (919) 733-5745, Email: Toma@ncleg.net.
Counties Represented: Buncombe, Henderson, Polk
Senator Phil Berger (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5708, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Counties Represented: Guilford, Rockingham
Senator Stan Bingham (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5665, Email: email@example.com.
Counties Represented: Davidson, Guilford
Senator Andrew C. Brock (Rep); Phone: (919) 715-0690, Email: Andrewb@ncleg.net.
Counties Represented: Davie, Rowan;
Senator Harry Brown (Rep), Phone: (919) 715-3034, Email: Harryb@ncleg.net,
Counties Represented: Jones, Onslow
Senator Peter Samuel (Pete) Brunstetter (Rep) , Phone: (919) 733-7850, Email: Peterb@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Forsyth
Senator Don East (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5743, Email: Done@ncleg.net.
Counties Represented: Alleghany, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin
Senator W. Edward (Eddie) Goodall (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-7659, Email: Eddieg@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Mecklenburg, Union
Senator Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-7223, Email: Fletcherh@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Cabarrus, Iredell
Senator Neal Hunt (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5850, Email: Nealh@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Wake
Senator Jim Jacumin (Rep), Phone: (919) 715-7823, Email: Jimja@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Burke, Caldwell
Senator Robert Pittenger (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5655, Email: Robertp@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Mecklenburg
Senator Jean Preston (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5706, Email: Jeanp@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Carteret, Craven, Pamlico
Senator Fred Smith (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5748, Email: Freds@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Johnston, Wayne
Senator John Snow (Dem), Phone: (919) 733-5875, Email: Johnsn@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania
Senator Jerry W. Tillman (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5870, Email: Jerryt@ncleg.net
Counties Represented: Montgomery, Randolph
I'm sure we will have the religious wingnuts at Call2Action and James Dobson of Focus on the Family will scrape up people and ship them in to have another "Traditional Marriage Rally" or some other bullsh*t event as they have before.
C2A and the fundies bused in for the 2005 marriage rally bleated that 10,000 people would show up, and only to round up a couple of hundred folks, who carried precious signs like this:
EqualityNC will be lobbying hard again, not only to fight this amendment bill, but to encourage legislators to pass an anti-discrimination bill that adds sexual orientation, protecting gay state employees.