Much has been written and said about North Carolina passing another ban on marriage equality — it was already illegal there, now it’s extra super duper illegal — on Tuesday by a wide margin. But a couple of things really stick out in this article about the passage. First:
Tami Fitzgerald, who heads the pro-amendment group Vote FOR Marriage NC, said she believes the initiative awoke a silent majority of more active voters in the future.
“I think it sends a message to the rest of the country that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Fitzgerald said at a celebration Tuesday night. “The whole point is simply that you don’t rewrite the nature of God’s design based on the demands of a group of adults.”
Gosh, that “reasoning” sounds familiar. Where have I read something similar? Oh yeah, from the district court ruling in Loving v Virginia:
“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay, and red, and placed them on separate continents, and but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend the races to mix.”
Joe Easterling, who described himself as a devout Christian, voted for the amendment at a polling place in Wake Forest.
“I know that some people may argue that the Bible may not necessarily be applicable, or it should not be applicable, on such policy matters. But even looking at nature itself, procreation is impossible without a man and a woman. And because of those things, I think it is important that the state of North Carolina’s laws are compatible with the laws of nature but, more importantly, with the laws of God.”
So next you’ll be passing an amendment to stone women who aren’t virgins on their wedding day and allowing rapists to pay their victim’s father so he can keep her, right? Right?
State House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican from a Charlotte suburb, said earlier in the year that even if the amendment passed, it would be reversed as today’s young adults age — within 20 years. “It’s a generational issue,” Tillis told a student group at North Carolina State University in March about the amendment he supports.
He’s right, it probably will. Which means you’re on the wrong side of history, as bigots always have been in this country.