Why I’m Voting NO

Greetings! We interrupt this lack of blogging to add my voice to the conversation about Amendment One in NC. Note the following as you begin to read this:

  • This will be relatively short and sweet
  • This is NOT intended to address the idea of “gay-marriage”, but the Amendment itself.
  • Others perhaps smarter and more verbose than myself have shared more eloquently, and I have linked to them below.
  • Thanks for reading!

I plan to vote NO on Amendment 1 because I believe Amendment 1 is un-necessary at best, and harmful at worst:

1) Regardless of what one thinks of “gay marriage” etc., heterosexual marriage is currently the only union recognized by law. Gay marriage is not. So what’s the point?

2) I do NOT think ANY State or Federal constitution is the place to address this issue. This is not what constitutions are for. Constitutions are for limiting (giving boundaries to) government and protecting the rights of the people, NOT ensuring that certain people do not have certain rights.

3) It makes me extremely nervous — especially as a Christian — that a State would officially declare a sub-status of citizenry for any reason. However the Amendment might be worded, the net effect is that GLBT citizens will be officially given a “less than” status, i.e. you henceforth have LESS rights than the rest of us. This is not only inappropriate but has other dangerous implications (i.e. what other “amendments” could be passed?)

4) Regardless of one’s moral-spiritual-religious convictions about homosexuality or gay marriage, this is a *civil rights* issue, NOT a moral-spiritual-religious issue. The spiritual issue is a Church & Kingdom issue, NOT a legal or constitutional issue.

5) Lastly, one of my biggest fears: Whatever the intentions of the Amendment’s sponsors or its actual verbiage, a successful passage of the amendment will ultimately communicate judgement and condemnation to the GLBT community — from the State, from “conservatives,” and from the Christians who sponsored the bill and put signs in their yards (and in front of their churches).

Other items for your consideration are below. Thanks for listening! Let me know if you have any thoughts below…

From Steve Knight at Knightopia.

From Kathy Baldock at Canyonwalker Connections.

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2 responses to “Why I’m Voting NO

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  2. I like your reasoning here, Brian. I like that your position I think implies your agreement with one potential further step. This is a step, if taken in my state of California, and potentially all states, that could eliminate all the wasteful, untasteful fights over things like our “Prop 8” and the “Defense of Marriage Act”.

    Not original to me, but I’ve heard little about the idea…. It is this: Let each state or pertinent government now issuing “marriage” licenses move to issuing ONLY “civil union” licenses, to everyone wanting one, under the same age criteria and such now in place. THEN anyone wanting to be “married” in a moral, spiritual or social sense (but legally unnecessary and irrelevant) could go to a church/minister for such a ceremony and consider themselves married in a way that their civil license might not satisfy for them.

    Seems to me that pretty simply could solve the “gay marriage” issues on the political level, with the bonus that it would enhance separation of church and state rather than perpetuate their current entanglement on this issue.

    I’m sure there would still be resistance to this from many religious or other conservatives but I think that might diminish quicker and a broadly acceptable situation settle out faster than the current political, legislative, judicial battles.

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