I felt sad for North Carolina as I learned of the passing of Amendment 1, which adds a ban to same-sex unions into the state constitution, even though it was already banned through North Carolina law.
One of the gravest dangers in a democracy is the tyranny of the majority. Merely because there are more of one group of people than another, does not mean that group is always right or just. How many people would vote to increase the speed limit just to get to work faster if they weren’t educated on the danger? This is why we have fetters in place such as anti-discrimination laws, court systems and a constitution.
Most people didn’t bother to vote anyway: out of the 6.3 million registered voted in North Carolina, only 2.1 million people voted. (source) I don’t know how state and local politics could do a better job reaching out to citizens and encouraging them to participate since our state and local officials affect our lives more often than federal mandates. And if we were more active in local politics, we wouldn’t need as many federal laws because I can’t believe that a well-educated populace would vote for hate.
Even putting aside people’s reasoning for being against gay marriage why didn’t more wonder why the constitution needed to be altered for the first time in 40+ years and the first time on marriage in 100+ years (the last time being an 1875 amendment to ban interracial marriage)? Is gay marriage a fundamental crisis which destroys the governmental ideals of the state of North Carolina? No, it is at most a religious crisis with no place in government. An issue that should be worked out in our hearts, prayers and pulpits.
The vast majority of people, who voted for Amendment 1, cited God’s law and the Bible as their reasoning, which to me, is another example of uneducated decision-making. Sexual identity wasn’t even considered until the 1800s so the Bible couldn’t have much to say on the subject that hasn’t been twisted to meet people’s intolerant needs.
The Bible does mention marriage quite a bit though:
If a Christian cannot pick and chose in the Bible, then Christians, especially those who supported or voted for Amendment 1, need to stop picking and choosing.
Stop saying that slavery is wrong:
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Ephesian 6:5-6
Stop ignoring the passages on subjugating women and start believing in abuse:
If, however, this charge is true, that evidence of the young woman’s virginity was not found, then they shall bring the young woman out to the entrance of her father’s house and the men of her town shall stone her to death, because she committed a disgraceful act in Israel by prostituting herself in her father’s house. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. Deuteronomy 22:20-21
But we don’t. We set those aside. We explain them away. But we can’t do that for homosexuality because… well, why? Why can’t Romans 1:26-27 be against lust, not homosexuality with commitment and accountability?
For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error. Romans 1:26-27
What does that passage have to do with marriage? Little or nothing to me, a Christian with a strong faith and a supporter of gay rights.
I feel heartbroken for the people of North Carolina. For those who are gay and lesbian, and for those who carry such intolerance in their hearts that they needed to twice put this so-called “sin” on the ballot and vote for it.
I think my 3-year-old daughter said it best when she reached up to our rainbow flag as I said, You love purple, and she responded: I love all the colors, Mama.
Me too, baby. Me, too.
3:30pm update: President Obama backs gay marriage. He’s the first sitting president to do so.