Same sex marriage is a growing issue in the United States. States, senators, and other political figures all over the country have fought both for and against gay marriage for years, and serious change has finally started to ensue.
One state in particular experiencing this change is the state of North Carolina. NC Amendment One, an amendment that will place a constitutional ban on same sex marriage, will appear on the May 8, 2012 ballot. This amendment, which states, Constitutional amendment 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, will define marriages in North Carolina as a union between one man and one woman, leaving gay and lesbian people with no hope for any change in North Carolina marriage laws.
As expected, backlash has been extremely prevalent in regards to this amendment. Websites such as Protect NC Families preach awareness, conversation, and try to persuade voters to vote against this amendment in the spring. Sporting the headline “With 1,000,000 conversations we can defeat Amendment One,” Protect NC Families positively urges voters to take action against the injustice and to get involved by hosting conversations and donating to the cause.
This amendment would not only stifle the personal lives of the people of North Carolina, but would also harm the state’s ability to recruit jobs and business. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said she believes that if this amendment is passed, businesses and companies will not settle in North Carolina, which would not only harm the economy, but families and children all over the state.
Dr. Marvin M. Ellison, an ordained Presbyterian minister who has published on the topics of same sex marriage and sexuality and the scared, spoke at Elon University this past Friday. In his speech, he addressed the fact that marriage traditionalists are wary of same sex marriage because the believe it will erase gender differences. Societal norms of picture-perfect families containing a wife, husband, and their children have been beaten in the minds of humanity for a very long period of time. Ellison proposed a “love for all” approach rather than rigid and traditional views of marriage.
“Change is possible,” Ellison said, “the personal is never only personal.”