This primary season, North Carolina will be voting on whether or not to amend out state’s Constitution to state that we define marriage as between one man and one woman. While there has been much controversy surrounding the issue, including some half-truths and misconceptions, I believe the Marriage Amendment is a good thing, and I plan to vote for it.
As a Christian, I believe in keeping strong moral and family values. The Bible clearly says that marriage is to be between one man and one woman, and since marriage is originally a religious practice before God, I believe the government should honor that.
Secondly, North Carolina law already defines marriage as between one man and one woman. However, it is not clearly written into our constitution, making the issue susceptible to the whims of activist judges and legislative bodies. The Marriage Amendment will prevent such people from changing that law without the consent of the people.
As a Christian, I oppose homosexuality. However, I DO NOT hate homosexuals. Although I may not agree with their lifestyle, I understand that God created them as equal as He created me, and He has given them the right to live whatever life they choose. I do not see a separation between “gay rights” and “straight rights,” but only believe in “human rights.” Marriage, however, is a covenant designed by God and recognized by the government for classification and taxation purposes; it is not a human right. You do not need the government’s permission to practice a human right.
The Marriage Amendment is not anti-gay, but is simply Pro-Marriage. It does not seek to and will not change anything about the law in North Carolina, but will simply ensure that the law cannot be changed without the direct consent of the people.
This link provides more extensive information on the Marriage Amendment, including common misconceptions about it. I encourage anyone who is uneasy about the amendment to read over that page to get the facts before making a final decision.
I think that the issue of homosexuality should be up to the individual states, and more importantly, to the people within them. I believe all states should follow a similar pattern to North Carolina and allow their people to choose how they want their state governed, rather than cowardly hiding behind a liberal state Judiciary or Congress and claiming popular support.
Please consider this issue with an open mind, and do not try to hurt those that may disagree with you.