On May 8, North Carolina voters will be voting on a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that reads as follows:
Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.
Proponents of this amendment frame it as a way to “protect marriage.” The reality is that it does nothing to protect marriage. It does everything to make building a life together and creating and protecting a family more difficult for LGBT people in the Tar Heel state; along with, potentially, creating a whole host of legal problems for other folks, too. It its not an asset, but a barrier to loving, committed couples who are your friends, neighbors and relatives. And this, of all the reasons, is the main reason to vote it down.
History’s prisim is not very kind to those who back discrimination. We look back and shake our heads in wonder, embarrassment and shame at various points in history where others were viewed and treated as less than. And all the while those who backed such oppression claimed they were doing it out of a sense of right and even love; secure in the knowledge that they were doing what was best. Hindsight has proven otherwise.
North Carolina, when May 9th dawns, be on the right side of history. Be on the side of history that will look back on your vote on this amendment with pride because you voted against it. Be on the side of history where being the only state in the south that does not have a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage will be viewed as an honor.
This is your moment, North Carolina; your moment to do the right thing. Your moment to be viewed through the future prisim of history with glory; to be discussed with renown; to be exhalted for voting down discrimination. History is immortality. How will you choose to immortalize yourself, North Carolina, come May 8?