As I write this, three days have passed since 1,306,409 North Carolinians voted for a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage (some more; it was already illegal here) and eliminating state recognition of any other form of domestic partnership between any couple.
I and 833,119 other voters opposed it. 4,157,238 other registered voters were silent.
And that’s how roughly 1,300,000 people told the other 8,300,000 or so living in North Carolina who they could marry or have the legal benefits of marriage with.
But this isn’t a post about voter turnout. I understand the reasons why people don’t vote. This [...]
The above video, featuring some of my favorite people and places in my home city of Greensboro, NC, sums it up nicely. Please, if you live in North Carolina and haven’t already, be sure to vote no on Amendment 1 on May 8. You can skip the rest of the ballot if you like, but this one thing is vital. More after the jump.
On receiving my AM edition of The Daily Planet, I was greeted with an A1, above-the-fold headline proclaiming that – with excessive displays of force and beneath the twin shrouds of night and a media blackout – your police force had “evicted” the Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zucotti Park. In fact, the Planet corespondents themselves had been arrested in the process and had filed the story from a jail cell!
Bravo, sir! My hat is off!
I confess, I didn’t think you had it in you after backing down in the face of national opposition once before. [...]
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Unless you get all your news from cable TV and mainstream newspapers, you’re probably aware of the Occupy Wall Street protests continuing to unfold in NYC, so I won’t recap what it is or what’s happened so far. Instead, I want to talk about a trend in coverage of it, and in the popular perspective on protests and activism in general.
I can sum up the majority of coverage of Occupy Wall Street in three words: Condescending and dismissive. The closing graph from a New York Times piece on the protests could have been any snide, apathetic smarter-than-thou commenting on [...]
After using underhanded tactics over the weekend to sneak discussion into today’s session, the House and Senate of my home state put SB 514, now known as Amendment One, on the May ballot. Amendment One is the latest attempt to add a amendment codifying hatred to a state constitution, by redefining marriage as a heterosexuals-only right. Because if history has proven anything, it’s that allowing the majority the power to take rights away from a minority always results in the best decision.
Similar amendments have already been added to the constitutions of [...]