Thursday, September 15, 2011 1:28 PM
Why is it that everytime anyone disagrees with a Democrat, the Democrat's reaction is to call that person "crazy" and an "animal?" And this is the party that constantly gripes about the lack of civility in politics.
Anyway, I think the Republican leadership made a big mistake in the way the amendment was worded. It seems to deny to the people the right to regulate civil unions of same-sex people, a step that will be increasingly necessary as more gay people get married and set up house together. Of course gay people get married all the time in North Carolina and will continue to do so, amendment or no amendment. There is no law against it, nor could there possibly be one. This amendment only prevents the state from setting any rules over the many issues that will inevitably arise from these unions, issues dealing with children (gay people do raise kids), inheritence, property rights upon dissolution of the union, etc.
As a conservative I don't like to see government expand into areas it has no business trying to regulate, but these are issues that will have to be dealt with eventually. How can the government do so when it is barred by the Constitution from even recognizing that these unions exist?
Perhaps the biggest mistake of all was buying into the silly and counter-factual rhetoric of terms like "gay marriage ban." That's NOT what the amendment is. And thank God for that. No government has the right to prevent gay people from marrying if they choose, and this amendment, if it passes, will not prevent a single gay couple from getting married. But as long as Republicans continue to think and speak of it in terms of a 'gay marriage ban' they will continue to draw the ire not just of liberals (who are hopeless anyway), but of libertarians and real conservatives who believe (as I do) that the government's proper role is to create the conditions wherein people may live as they choose.
I won't be voting for this amendment, and I will be urging my fellow conservatives to vote against it also.