When I watched this video, the first thing I thought was “We’ve come a long way “. As the video progressed I realized “We’ve got a long way to go”. I had the first thought because most of us these days don’t think that LGBT people are sick, deviant, twisted or any more promiscuous than straight people. The majority of people in this country realize that gay people are no different from anyone else, that loving someone of the same sex isn’t a statement on your character. Watching the video, hearing about how people are bullied, abused and persecuted for no other reason than they’re different from “normal” people; seeing those despicable signs a certain “church” waves around at funerals and hearing a governor take a stand for equality that’s considered controversial reminded me that, while things have improved, we are so far from where we should be on this issue as a nation and as human beings that it’s heart-breaking. It also reminded me that the people of North Carolina have a choice to make this coming May that will tell the world what kind of state we are.
If you’re wondering what choice I’m talking about, I’m referring to the upcoming amendment to the state constitution about marriage. Yes, I’m ashamed to say that the state I’ve proudly called home for all my 51 years is following the herd of other southern states with an amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Proponents say it’s needed to protect marriage, but I don’t see it. I have to hear a cogent argument about how allowing gay people to marry could do any more damage to the institution than what we straight people have done to it over the years. Some of the supporters of these amendments are laughable. Take Newt Gingrich, for example. “Protecting marriage” is one of the planks of his platform, but his marriage history makes a mockery of that idea. He’s cheated on two of his three wives, left the first two while they were sick (one while she was in the hospital recovering from surgery) and, according to his second wife, requested an “open” marriage. If you want to protect marriage, how you start with people like Newt instead of depriving others of their rights.
As I said earlier, North Carolinians will have the opportunity to decide what kind of state this is going to be: one that provides and protects the rights of all our citizens or one that ignores the dictates of our state Constitution which states
“all persons are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Now, some people would consider the things I’ve said here anti-Christian. Others will think it’s more political than religious. But, both groups are wrong. Christians are supposed to follow Jesus and I know of no instance where He ever excluded anyone. Jesus also spent the whole of His time on earth fighting for the rights of the downtrodden and the oppressed. So, fighting against discrimination is one of the most Christian acts one can engage in. In that light, come May 5th, I know which way I’m voting. How about you?