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.
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 [...]
There’s nothing triggering in this post, but for future reference this is what a trigger warning on YSB looks like.
To get the blog up and running, I thought I’d post the content of my “About Me” page here, as a post, where you can comment and say hi. And also so you’ll actually see it. These are some of the things I think I am, or at least what will be relevant to this blog.