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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

North Carolina shouldn't enshrine discrimination into its constitution the way South Carolina has

Anti same-sex marriage amendment likely to pass in North Carolina today

I still don't get how people who call themselves freedom loving can be in support of amendments that enshrine discrimination into a state's constitution to assure that a group of people will be less free than the rest of us. I'm unmoved by the religious, tradition and slippery slope arguments - rationales that have been used repeatedly in this country to beat back progress by minority groups. This time it just happens to be gays and lesbians - though this one might hurt straight couples, too.

And yes, I believe President Obama's stance on this issue is wrong, plain and simple. He has done more to advance gay rights than any president, but on gay marriage he is flat wrong. Maybe he is trying to support it without saying so for political reasons because in a tight election every vote is important and turning off even a relative few potential voters can mean the difference between victory and defeat. And if he doesn't win, he definitely can't continue advancing gay rights.

Still, his position is wrong.

The individual rights of a group should not be put up for popular vote at the state or federal level, and the president's personal views about same-sex relationships - or mine or yours - should not be the deciding factor in whether or not we treat all Americans equally. It's not even a close call. 


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