Before the amendment in my state was passed, NC was allowing domestic benefits for unmarried couples (heterosexual and homosexual). Only a few counties were allowing the benefits, but now the benefits might cease. The mayor of Charlotte is already pushing for an end to the domestic benefits (something proponents of the amendment said wouldn't happen).AMENDMENT XIV
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The 14th amendment says that no state shall make a law abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens. It's 100% clear. It's not interpreted. It's clear. It's literal. Truth is if married couples were not given special rights, there wouldn't be that much of a problem.
I think that marriage is a religious institution. For that reason, I don't think atheists should be allowed to get married. I'd like an amendment banning all marriages for atheists. I'm going to present the proposal. I'm sure I can get some Republican politicians to vote to have it come up for a vote as an amendment to the state constitution. If it's approved, then atheists can no longer get married. If the supreme court overturns it, then it's an atheist minority trying to force their ways onto a Christian majority. We are the victims. You atheists are the bad guys trying to take away liberty.
Did that make any sense to you?
Neither do you.
So now, I'm making plans to help get people registered to vote and to bring them to the polls. I'm not worried about Obama winning so much as I want the state reps and senators changed back to Democrat. If the affects of Amendment one are as bad as predicted (which will probably affect a lot more straight people than gays, not that many of them deserve sympathy for what's about to happen, but I still don't want it to happen), then the Republicans stand a good chance of being voted out. While many Democrats did vote for Amendment One, they got told that all it affected was gay marriage and that just isn't true.
So yeah, I didn't just have a hissy fit last week. I jumped off the fence and it wasn't to the right. I just hope I don't make too many enemies because despite occasionally blowing up, I really am a peaceful person at heart. A Catholic, pro-life, gay rights liberal that's doing more than posting puppies. There really is no group for that. How am I going to make that work? Crap. Later guys.
Oh, and NC did not make a moral stand last week. They totally have deviant behavior on a regular basis. Did you know you can marry your first cousin here? That's gross. Oh, and we no longer demand blood tests because people are already having sex before marriage. So much for the sanctity of marriage. We also have no fault divorce here. There's far more offensive stuff, but I won't even begin to talk about it. I have other stuff to do. NCers do some really really really nasty stuff. Gay marriage really is the least of the problems.
Last edited by Lanie; 05-17-2012 at 07:51 PM.
Is that what this is about? You think churches will be forced to perform gay ceremonies if gay marriages were legal? They won't. Like I said in another thread, I'm Catholic (believe it or not). My church will NOT perform a ceremony between two people if one of them is divorced and hasn't had their marriage annulled by the church. The law recognizes remarriages. My church doesn't. The Priests at my church have never been forced to perform a ceremony for two people whose marriage they don't believe in. Why would anybody want an unwilling priest or preacher to perform their ceremony? That doesn't make sense.
If gay marriage becomes legal, your rights stay in tact.
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