N.C. Amendment One: Bust, or Must?

Recently in the state of North Carolina, there has been much debate about whether or not to pass the amendment to the state constitution that reads:

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE THAT MARRIAGE
BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN IS THE ONLY DOMESTIC LEGAL
UNION THAT SHALL BE VALID OR RECOGNIZED IN THIS STATE.

What this amendment is doing is giving rights only to a man and a woman who are joined by marriage. It is not only taking away rights from gay and lesbian couples but also from heterosexual couples who are not married.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is against the amendment because she thinks that it will hinder business growth in North Carolina. She believes that  the amendment will “discourage companies with gay-friendly policies from building or expanding in North Carolina.”

On Friday, February 24, 2012, Rev. Dr. Marvin Ellison came to Elon University to speak at a religion conference about the meaning of marriage. Ellison is a gay, Christian ethicist and pastor who fully supports gay marriage but he is concerned about marriage as an institution in America’s culture.

Ellison discussed a situation in the 1980s where it was ruled that incarcerated people on death row could marry because that courts reasoned that marriage is a fundamental human right. So gay and lesbian people aren’t human?

It frightens me that marriages such as those of these incarcerated criminals as well as those marriages of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears – who’s marriages were radically short – are more widely accepted than the marriage of a gay and lesbian couple.

From everything that I have read about this amendment, I hope it does not pass. Gay and lesbian couples should have legal rights under any constitution and heterosexual couples who are in a strong relationship but happen to not be married should also.

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