NC Votes Bigotry, Hatred and Discrimination Into Their Constitution

Amendment1“We are not anti-gay, we are pro-marriage.  And the point — the whole point — is simply that you don’t rewrite the nature of God’s design for marriage based on the demands of a group of adults.” – Tami Fitzgerald, Vote For Marriage NC.

I spent seventeen years living in North Carolina. For ten of those years I was a Minister, and while the last seven years consisted of tumultuous arguments with Christian Fundamentalists, it was still my home. One of the hardest choices I had to make was to leave when the hatred, bigotry and threats from my former brethren and fellow ministers came to a head and it was made very clear that I was not wanted.

On Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, the people of North Carolina voted in favor of Amendment 1, effectively banning any marriage other than that between a man and a woman to be unconstitutional. They have collectively told the LGBT community the same thing they told me…

Get The Hell Out…

By passing this Amendment, the people of North Carolina have effectively told the entirety of the LGBT community that they are not wanted. That their right to be recognized as equal citizens will not be granted, and that they are incapable of forming and sustaining a loving relationship on the same level of their heterosexual neighbors. So much so, that this bigotry and discrimination should be written into the State Constitution, expressly stating that,

“marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

What this has accomplished s nothing short of an expression of hatred in the name of the Judeo-Christian God. WWJD – Who Would Jesus Denigrate? Those who voted in favor of this amendment are the lowest of the low. They are the bottom of the barrel, and don’t give a goddamn about efforts to stop the “redefinition of marriage.” All they care about is using their hateful beliefs and their equally hateful interpretation of their holy book to control anyone who does not agree with them. The passage of this archaic, draconian amendment that allows for the legal discrimination of United States Citizens and bottlenecks the efforts of open-minded North Carolinians as well as sympathetic judges brings shame to the entire state. The fact that same-sex unions were already illegal in NC makes the passage of this amendment a legislative bitch-slap.

NC Hates Fags…

This is a complete and total failure of not just the separation of church and state, but of basic human decency. Everything about Amendment One is centered on Fundamentalist Christians shoving their fucked up and inhumane version of morality down the throats of everyone, regardless of the fact that not everyone one in the state are backwards-assed, Christ-psychotic, bigots. They don’t give shit that this can and probably will have a detrimental impact on same-sex couples who receive benefits provided by some municipalities and many private-sector businesses, nor how it will jeopardizing domestic violence protections for women or a host of other problems that are not even on their radar.

All they care about is the fact that they can dance in the aisles of their churches on Sunday and sing, “Victory In Jesus.” But their victory comes at the price of their fellow human being’s humanity, civil rights and equality, which were already extremely nominal to begin with. But their dark, putrid, and bigoted hearts will likely never understand it because those hearts have not just been hardened, they’ve been petrified. They preach that what they do is out of love, and vomit forth hypocritical statements about loving the sinner and hating the sin, but their own bible speaks against them,

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Billy Graham…

This ancient throwback to a time even more rife with bigotry is a life-long resident of North Carolina and comes in just under Jesus in popularity with the uber-religious. They worship the ground he walks on, as they do his equally bigoted and backward son “Rock The Fort” Franklin and his daughter “Just Give Me Jesus” Annie Lotz. Brother Billy expectedly endorsed Amendment One, and took out full-page ads in fourteen North Carolina newspapers touting his support for the measure, saying,

“The Bible is clear — God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Like most fundamentalists, Billy assumes with the usual arrogance that his god has authority over everyone by virtue of that error-laden, contradictory and very fallible book that he calls “The Bible.” To make matters worse, he sent word to as many churches as he could, imploring their pastors and administrators to print out or photo copy the ad and plaster it all over their buildings – in spite of IRS regulations that prohibit this. Here’s a reproduction of the ad:

It Ain’t Over…

CNN reports that opponents of the amendment will regroup today  and decide what they will do going forward. There are plans for campaigns in many cities across the state this week, and advocacy groups are acknowledging the loss but urging supporters to keep fighting.

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, the Director of Campaign for Southern Equality, stated,

“We can’t change the results of this vote, but we can determine what comes next. When kids across the state wake up, I want them to know that this story isn’t over.”

Another group, Equality North Carolina, plans to hold a news conference today to discuss the amendment. President Obama said he was disappointed by the vote, and described it as discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In February, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage beginning in June, but opponents there have pledged to block the bill and called for voters to decide the issue. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill that permits the state’s same-sex couples to wed as of January 1.

This Planet Needs An Enema…

I’ve said it before, and I will repeat it here again. The efforts against the civil rights of the LGBT community is at the direct hand of organized religion, which is based on blind obedience to bronze-age superstitions based on ignorance, and propagated by divine tyrants. It was borne out of the terrified infancy of our species. It is an insult to the collective knowledge of human thought and demands unreasonable suppression of human nature.

Yesterday’s passage of Amendment One in North Carolina further solidifies the fact that religion is more harmful than it is worth. It has been used to justify almost every war ever fought and is responsible for horrific blights on our society. Only through religion have we come to know slavery, sexism, racism, homophobia, mutilations, intolerance and the oppression of millions of minorities. It is irresponsible and relies on methods and promises that are ineffective and come at a steep cost to the human species.

Fundamentalist doctrine breeds dangerous, ignorant, uneducated, hate-filled, narrow-minded, bigoted, intolerant, self-righteous fools that have been brainwashed into believing that committing some of the most horrific acts of inhumanity toward their fellow men, women and children are the want, will, desire and command the sick, twisted, perverted, megalomaniac of a deity that they have turned their god into.

They are not only a stain on humanity, but they are also a detriment to all the other Christians who represent their beliefs in a non-judjmental fashion, devoid of hypocrisy and with love that is unconditional.

The passage of Amendment One is a perfect example of humanity gone horribly wrong…

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  32 comments for “NC Votes Bigotry, Hatred and Discrimination Into Their Constitution

  1. May 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I share your anger, not only as an NC resident who rallied and voted against this but too, because NC wants to limit rights and still expect tax dollars from them!

    Great post 🙂

  2. Lazlo's Other
    May 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I am wondering how a state can pass what certainly seems a discriminatory amendment. How is it that this couldn’t be challenged legally in the federal courts (after the state courts)?

    What is the difference between the marriage amendment in NC, and an amendment that would define marriage as being between one man and one woman, both being white, christian, and native born NC citizens?

    • Rory
      May 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

      I assume the difference is that sexual orientation is not considered a protected class, the way race is. As a result in many places it’s perfectly legal to discriminate against gay people.

  3. Metaphysical Ham Sandwich
    May 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Damn straight.

    • May 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

      Agreed, but in this case one might well say “damned straights…”

  4. slc1
    May 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Apparently, in Washington and Maryland, the issue is not settled. It is my information that both states will have initiatives on the ballot to overturn the laws. What the gay community and it’s allies should be doing is pulling out all the stops to defeat those initiatives.

  5. BrentSTL
    May 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Al, I spent 4.5 years in North Carolina (Rocky Mount, to be specific) myself. I can’t say I’m surprised by this, but I AM disappointed. The Rocky Mount Telegram reports 71 percent of Nash County and 70 percent of Edgecombe County voters supported the ban.

    And don’t forget this: North Carolina is the state that gave us Jesse Helms…

    • CT
      May 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Yes, unfortunately, we can never negate Jesse Helms and his evil minions.

  6. Str8 But Not Narrow
    May 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Since the NC amendment specifically says “one man and one woman”, would remarriage in NC now be prohibited? Remarriage would mean one man and a second (third, fourth, fifth, etc.) woman. If you have one apple and eat it, you don’t have another one apple. You have a second apple.

    I know it sounds flip, but I really am curious.

    • CT
      May 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      I don’t know but I’ll hope that some smartass points this out on TV at least so people who voted for it feel just a little bit more stupid.

    • busterggi
      May 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      And yet these are the same people who voted for Gingrich in the primary.

      Cognitive dissonance is a symptom of theism.

    • Aliasalpha
      May 12, 2012 at 8:19 am

      It doesn’t really imply that prior marriages would make you ineligible for future ones, just that to be defined as marriage it has to be with a member of the opposite sex and there can only be one of them at a time

  7. sisu
    May 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

    THANK YOU. Perfectly said.

  8. CT
    May 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Very well said. Once my kids hit college, I’m outta this fucking place. Yep, my family has lived here thousands of years. don’t give a fuck. Gonna move somewhere where I don’t have to deal with constant bullshit.

  9. May 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    There’s a petition to repeal. Already past 75k since last night.

  10. kagekiri
    May 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Damned God, Christ-fucking Billy Graham. I hope the churches who spread his bullshit get their tax-exemptions permanently revoked.

    Hell, I hope all churches get their tax exemptions revoked. I’ve seen few if any that don’t preach conservative politics from the pulpit.

  11. otrame
    May 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    The efforts against the civil rights of the LGBT community is at the direct hand of organized religion, which is based on blind obedience to bronze-age superstitions based on ignorance, and propagated by divine tyrants.

    Al, I share your rage, but I think your emphasis is wrong here. The efforts against the civil rights of the LGBT community is not at the hand of organized religion, or rather that hand is being used as a monkey’s paw by those who want things to stay the way they are. LGBT people are being used as scapegoats, as representatives of everything that makes your average straight, white, cis-gendered person uncomfortable. They are being used to blame, not directly, of course, but indirectly, for the fact that the average 30 year old high school graduate can’t afford to move out of his/her parent’s house anymore, has precisely zero job security, and can only hope that he/she never actually gets sick. The middle and working classes have been thoroughly fucked in this country. They recognize this dimly and if allowed to come to their own conclusions might actually figure it out. The fuckers can’t have that. So we have “liberals and queers” to blame and can get all excited about “saving America”. Meanwhile, even the merest suggestion that lube would be appreciated is called “class warfare” and “envy” and “a bunch of losers who can’t be bothered to work want you to pay for their HDTV”. After all, lube costs money, cuts into profits. The shareholders will not be pleased.

    What organized religion is and always has been is a method of controlling people, of keeping people so busy worshiping and praying that they don’t notice just how many solid gold toilets they pay for. In its essence, it can’t be anything else. Yes, there are many, many decent theists, who have come to recognize that its all a lie, that “liberal and queer” is just a scapegoat, and that to the extent that they do or say nothing, they are as responsible as the church elders.

    Some of them do speak out. “Hey, what part of love thy neighbor didn’t you understand?” While we snicker at the no-true-Christian fallacy, it comes from a very real pain, a recognition that something is very wrong. Some take the next step, as you did, and get the fuck out. Some can’t, but try to lessen the evil in their own way.

    But no big-name church or pastor is going to remind people that Jesus said, “What you have done to the least of these, you have done also unto me”. None of them will say “Judge not.” None of them. Not fucking one.

    And they never will.

    ____

    So I say, all you LGBT folks in NC, and all the family and friends and just people who believe that civil rights are everyone’s right, why don’t you do what they want? Get out. Leave NC. I’ve done it. It actually feels pretty good. Think of it. Think of all those people just saying, “You know what, NC, fuck you” and walking.

    Yes, I know it can’t really happen, but the thought of it soothes me. I wish it could.

  12. had3
    May 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Irrational actions follow from irrational beliefs. This is example A for when someone suggests that beliefs are to be respected even if they are irrational. aaarrggghhh.

    • Tony
      May 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      had3:
      To add to that, so many theists jump from “respect my beliefs” to “follow my beliefs”. Yeah, because respecting one’s right to hold their beliefs is the exact same thing as being forced to follow those beliefs.

  13. ConcernedJoe
    May 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    “First In Freedom”

    Oh … my bad

    “First In Flight”

  14. Tony
    May 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I am wondering how a state can pass what certainly seems a discriminatory amendment

    Not *seems*. ‘Is’.
    Has anyone come up with a secular argument against gay marriage? Certainly not those in NC that pushed for Amendment 1. Based on the ridiculous religious belief of *some* Americans, the Amendment adds a large crack in the separation of church and state.

  15. Tony
    May 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    otrame:

    So I say, all you LGBT folks in NC, and all the family and friends and just people who believe that civil rights are everyone’s right, why don’t you do what they want? Get out.

    While I agree with virtually everything in your post, I find a certain {sad} irony in the above. Earlier, you said this:

    They are being used to blame, not directly, of course, but indirectly, for the fact that the average 30 year old high school graduate can’t afford to move out of his/her parent’s house anymore, has precisely zero job security, and can only hope that he/she never actually gets sick. The middle and working classes have been thoroughly fucked in this country.

    Some of those people who can’t afford to move out are LGBT. If they can’t move out of their parents’ house, how can they move out of N.C.? It’s almost “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”

  16. Kevin
    May 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    1. Your rant is spot on.
    2. I don’t think Billy Graham is mentally capable of understanding the amendment (though doubtless he’d support it wholeheartedly if he were). It’s his odious son, Franklin, who is behind his father’s empire now, pulling all the strings. Fuck him sideways with a porcupine, rinse and repeat.
    3. I’m straight and happily and permanently single, so the issue doesn’t affect me directly. But I have a very good friend who is not in the best of health, and he and his partner are planning to move to New York where they can marry and not worry about being discriminated against simply because they love one-another.

  17. May 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Well said Al! There is no reason other than religious nonsense to deny homosexuals civil rights. This amendment is an embarrassment to our nation not just NC, to human dignity, and human reason. Christianity has gone way to far…it really is a virus–one that needs to be eradicated as soon as possible.

  18. jaycee
    May 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Actually, the bible defines marriage as between one man and as many women as he can afford to purchase from their fathers. All the ‘great leaders’ of Israel were polygamists.

    Anyway…

    I grew up in NC and love the state in many ways. But, I’d have to advise LGBT people, and those who support freedom and equality, to take their money, skills, & education and leave. Send a letter to the governor to tell him/her why you are leaving. Let the rest of the bigoted people in NC enjoy the fruits of their labor – lost revenue, lost teachers, lost skilled labor.

  19. Eliott
    May 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    So Edwina…tell me again about how something like this happens and who is responsible?

  20. herewegoagain
    May 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I overheard two men arguing about the definition of marriage. I wanted to eavesdrop but couldn’t without being noticed. Of course, marriage has had different definitions throughout human history. I don’t think many people realize how different modern marriage is from marriage during biblical times. I doubt if any American woman would like being just one of several wives or being prohibited from owning or inheriting property…

  21. StevoR
    May 11, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I think blogger Jim Wright says it best when he gives North Carolina an apt new state name here :

    http://www.stonekettle.com/2012/05/love-and-war.html

    on his latest Stonekettle blog post.

    Well worth reading as it makes some other very good points as well.

    Hope its okay to note that here, netiqutte~wise, apologies & please let me know if not.

    I think North Carolinians will quickly find themselves wishing they hadn’t done this and history will judge them very harshly and probably rather sooner than they think.

  22. Skip White
    May 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    So does this mean that when the Supreme Court eventually declares DOMA and other related laws to be unconstitutional, thus legalizing same-sex marriage for the whole country, that North Carolina will attempt to secede from the Union (again)?

  23. mutt50
    May 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I have friends there. They’ll have to visit me now. We don’t go to Az. anymore, either. The bigots are fighting hard, and winning in some places.

  24. May 14, 2012 at 12:40 am

    WTF, North Carolina? It’s the 21st century, the 21st fucking century, and y’all are stuck in the 19th! At best!

    I’m not a huge fan of things changing, I like having a predictable routine, keeps me sane, but sometimes change is a good thing. Changes moving us closer to full equality as citizens and fellow travelers on this wacky ride called “Earth”, those changes are most definitely Of The Good. I’d even go so far as to say it’s For The Greater Good.

  25. debugjones
    May 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    This is an excellent article, and many of the comments are interesting, too. I particularly appreciate Al’s eloquent use of profanity in the initial rant – very artful and satisfying.

    My family ‘shares the rage’ over the passing of this amendment. I hope that the supporters of equal rights in N.C., and everywhere, have several angles of legal attack against this immoral discrimination. The whole debacle seems unconstitutional, to me – voting on denying rights to a group for no good reason; admitting that you’re basing the discrimination on a purely religious idea; churches openly promoting a political agenda…?! …sounds wrong and unAmerican, to me.

    I’m going to find out who’s going after this in courts of law and see what I can do to help.

    Tripp in middle Georgia, USA

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