The upcoming May 8th ballot in North Carolina will include the notorious same-sex marriage amendment that is attempting to add the ban of same-sex marriage to the state constitution.
Amendment One is defined as 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. Same-sex marriage is already banned in NC, but this amendment is attempting to actually include the ruling in the NC state constitution. Voters and politicians believe that the incorporation of the amendment into the constitution could be viewed as discrimination.
Although gay-marraige isn’t supported in NC, many believe that defining marriage as a domestic legal union only between a man and a woman would hurt the state’s economy. In a recent Associated Press article, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan claimed that incorporating Amendment One into the state constitution would “discourage companies with gay-friendly policies from building or expanding in NC.”
“At a time when our economy is already struggling to grow once again, it does not make sense to create an unnecessary road block for attracting new businesses,”claims the Protect All NC Families organization. “If the Amendment would cost us one job, that is one job too many in the current economic climate.”
The US economy has been fluctuating ever the global recession began back in 2008, but according to a recent article by The Guardian, the end of 2011 look to bring positive light to the situation. The economy expanded at a 3% annual rate during the last three months of the year, the most since early 2010. This doesn’t seem to be the best time to limit the job market by incorporating nothing more than discriminatory rulings into the NC constitution.
But Amendment One isn’t only about the NC economy; it’s about human rights and the way that these rights effect human relationships. The LGBTQ population should not have to endure discrimination because of the state’s failure to recognize their relationships the same way a man and a woman’s are.
A relationship shouldn’t be defined by sexual loyalty. Presbyterian minister, and published author Marvin M. Ellison said that rather than viewing gay-marraige as a union between two partners at an appropriate age, it should be looked at from purely a relational standpoint. “The church should stop promoting marriage, and promote other relationships,” said Ellison. He put a heavy emphasis on the church and society embracing an idea he refers to as “relational integrity.” This refers to the result of accepting LGBTQ relationships, as it would allow US society to understand the defining aspects of relationships by removing the emphasis of sexuality.
“Inclusion is good, but transformation is better,” said Ellison. Transformation can’t happen without the inclusion of LGBTQ rights, and denying Amendment One is the first step on the road to assimilation.