Marriage has been around for a long time and is now considered a right for any heterosexual couple. Unfortunately, opponents of homosexual relationships have worked tirelessly to insure that gays are not afforded their right to be married, by continually citing the ancient definition that a marriage is between one man and one woman.
A right is something that when freely exercises does not take away or diminish the right of another person.
North Carolina Amendment One is a bill, which if approved, would officially define marriage in the state constitution as a joint of one man and one woman. Even though gay marriage is already illegal in the state, there is still a push to completely shut the books on the issue.
Changing the law to allow gay marriage would be a relatively easy step if the public was behind it, however changing the law and the constitution will be a monumental challenge. Aside from politicians pushing for the bill to be passed, various groups, such as
ncvalues.org are in support of the bill, saying “In several states same sex marriage has been imposed upon the people by courts that have engaged in tortured judicial reasoning – Massachusetts and Iowa for example.“ Unfortunately for gays seeking marriage, there is this misbelief that gays are shoving it down the throats of straight people.
In the conservative Christian community, there is great support behind ensuring that gay marriage is not only illegal, but is also determined unconstitutional. By citing Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as those who lie with a female; it is an abomination,” yet ignoring Luke 16:18 “Jesus said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.’” And the Bible calls for the punishment of adultery to be death.
The truth of the matter is that NC Amendment One is a hateful and extreme law that only serves to continually send the message that gays are less of a person than “normal” people and discriminates against them. If we wanted to follow all the other laws in the Old Testament, every man would have a beard that he could not trim, hair he could not cut, we would be unable to wear many modern clothing blends, there would be no barbeque or bacon, and women would leave for a week during and after their period.
The point is that the Bible prohibiting gay marriage is not the real issue. The real issue has to do with continual hate and refusal to learn or understand how other people act. This was a problem with the blacks during the civil rights movement, and women during the Seneca Falls Convention, and has even caused centuries of violence between Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Simply put, people dislike anyone that is not just like them.