On May 8th, North Carolina voters will take to the polls. At the forefront is Senate Bill 514, known as Amendment One. The bill proposes an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage between one man and one woman as the only domestic legal union recognized by the state. Around our quiet little neighborhood, yard signs have sprouted up showing support for both sides of the issue. When it comes down to where I stand on the matter, I find myself on the fence!
I was raised in a Christian home; Baptist to be exact. Even though my parents were lifelong Democrats, they maintained traditional, conservative values. The Bible is clear in regards to marriage - one man, one woman. That is how I was raised to view marriage. Even though I'm now apart of a different faith tradition (Catholic), my default when I think of marriage remains the same.
BUT...on the other hand....
Does it have any effect on me or my marriage if two people of the same sex wish to legalize their union? I would have to say no. And is it really necessary to amend the state constitution when state law already prohibits same sex couples from marrying? Then, there is the matter of this video. Jodie Brunstetter, wife of NC Senator Peter Brunstetter, allegedly states her husband crafted the bill in order to protect the "Caucasin race". Mrs. Brunstetter is now maintaining her comments were misconstrued. Well, my marriage doesn't look like this
So does that mean my marriage is not worth protecting because it doesn't further the Caucasin race? For me, the comments Mrs. Brunstetter is alleged to have made brings to mind that not too long ago, laws existed to prevent the marriage of blacks and whites. Some of the same arguments offered against same sex marriage today (harmful to the fabric of society, harmful to children born of those unions, unnatural, sinful) were also offered against marriages JUST LIKE MINE at one time in this country. And I can tell you first hand, there is nothing unnatural about the love my husband and I share for one another!
Lots of points to consider before next Tuesday!