Is denial of gays to marry in North Carolina like segreation?
Every1Against1 is a campaign to oppose putting discrimination into the North Carolina state Constitution. Amendment 1 would up the ante and not only ban the ability of gays and lesbians to marry the person they love in that state through state law, but also through the state constitution. This amendment has a chance to be defeated. That would be an amazing accomplishment, considering less than a decade ago similiar state constitutional amendments banning same sex marriage, got around 90% support in states such as Alabama. Now, this will likely pass, but maybe with only 55% support, or even lower.
Now, Every1Against1 is making comparisons between the Jim Crow era segreation laws that existed at one time in that state, and the "separate but equal" proposed amendment to be imposed on gay couples in North Carolina. Well, there is a difference, gay couples will not just have inferior marriage, they will be denied any marriage whatsoever, including civil unions.
Leonard Pitts, a national columnist, has an excellent column on how the Christian religion and its' bible has been used to justify oppression of African Americans, the denial of the right to vote to women, and today, equal rights for gays. He writes:
"Many in North Carolina — many around the country — are swimming against the tide of human freedom and blaming God for it. Again, this is not a new thing. We saw it back when God was for segregation and against women’s suffrage."
By the way, Equality North Carolina is another organization fighting this amendment. You can help support their effort to put discrimination in their state constitution.