This is a sports blog.
I still know that, my lack of recent postings not withstanding.
But I’m also something of a political junkie, which compels me to weigh in on Amendment One.
That’s the “gay marriage” amendment on the ballot next week here in North Carolina which, to be brief, seeks to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a conservative Republican, and have been since before I was old enough to actually vote. I argued with my high school teachers and accused them of political bias while thumbing through Rush Limbaugh’s books.
I’m also a Christian. I believe in God, his son Jesus and the idea that one day, we will all be judged for the life we’re living here.
So the political litmus test says that, as a conservative and a Christian, I have to be in favor of this amendment.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
I know that some people will disagree with my choice. Thanks to the freedoms afforded to us as Americans, we are free to do so.
I’m not here to convince you to change your mind. I’m here to tell you why I feel the way I do.
It’s not necessary – North Carolina state law already defines marriage as a union between a man and woman. This amendment would add that law to the constitution, which would make it much harder to change in the future.
It’s a waste of time and money – There’s no way this will be allowed to stand should it reach the Supreme Court. And rest assured, it will.
It’s big government – I can’t rail against Obamacare, the current presidential regime, the silliness of our tax code or the Democratic party in general in one breath and then support an amendment that makes the government a tool of evangelicals in another.
I don’t buy into the slippery slope theory – Some proponents say, well, if we don’t pass this people will want to marry trees or their pets. OK, if that’s true, if we do pass it, is it not then possible to have laws forcing businesses to close on Sunday or for rapists to marry their victims? Sounds silly, right?
My thought exactly.
The Bible says that homosexuality is wrong – Yes, it does. It also says we shouldn’t judge people and we should love one another. Every verse I’ve read condemning it, there’s another that tells me, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Finally, I can’t cast a vote that discriminates against a group of people.
I’ve often wondered how I would have reacted if I were alive during the Civil Rights movement, or even the Civil War itself. Would I, as my ancestors did, pick up a rifle and fight for the Confederacy?
Or would I heed the words of Frederick Douglass, cross the Mason-Dixon Line and fight for the Union?
I honestly don’t know.
What I do know is this:
I’m not going to cast a vote that will push back the equal rights movement for gay and lesbian couples 20 years or more. I can’t cast a vote that defines some of my friends and family as unworthy of marriage, or under this amendment, even civil unions.
I refuse to condone any legislation that seeks to limit civil rights while expanding government to cover a religious definition of marriage.
I don’t have to agree with something to support the right for it to exist.
You vote however you’d like.
That’s just where I am on the subject.