Here we are again, my friends….
It’s a simple proposal with tragic consequences: SB106 was filed this week in the North Carolina Senate, which would add an amendment to the state constitution: “Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
Sponsored by local Senators Jim Forrester, Kathy Harrington, Bob Rucho and Tommy Tucker, this amendment would now move us into the “Solid South”, historically at odds with the changes towards greater justice and constitutionality we are moving toward as a nation. We are the last Southern state without a “marriage amendment”, voting this one in would change that.
We’ve been here before. Anti-miscegenation laws were overturned state-by-state in the late 19th and 20th centuries, everywhere but the South. These laws penalized people from different “races” (sic) for having sexual relations, cohabitating together, and/or attempting to enter into this legal contract called marriage. Most times, especially in Southern states, these laws were also paired with the same provisions that SB106 includes: that any marriage union procured in any other state between two people that wouldn’t be constitutional permissible in this state won’t be recognized.
So e.g., California overturned its anti-miscegenation laws in 1948, but all the way through the 1960’s, if any interracial couple moved to the South, with a union procured in California, or any number of non-Southern states, it would not be recognized. Here we are again, my friends. If a couple who are of the same sex have contracted such a union moves to the South, North Carolina or otherwise, this legal contract wouldn’t be recognized.
It took a Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, in 1967 for us as a nation to finally say that anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional. No Southern state changed their bigoted laws, they were simply overturned by this Court case. I hope we don’t have to wait for the highest court in the land to make these decisions for us this time. Please contact your state Senators as soon as you can, to let them know you are against posting bigotry into our state constitution. A suggested action is posted at Equality NC’s website.
There is absolutely no valid reason for barring two people from entering into this legal contract set up by our state government called a marriage license. Barring people based on race from entering into this legal contract was ruled unconstitutional over 40 years ago. Barring people based on sex or sexual orientation will be and should be ruled the same. This legal issue should have nothing to do with religious beliefs or moral standards. The marriage license is something two people should be able to enter into based on their own standards, not the bigoted claims of others. As a religious and moral person, and a Christian minister, it offends me deeply that most of the people supporting such bigotry are also religious, moral, and Christian. We need to do better than this. Help me convince our legislators of that.
Do me another favor while you’re at it, make a donation to Equality NC while you’re at their website. They are a lobbying group in Raleigh that has work tirelessly for the rights of all North Carolinians, no matter our sexual orientations or preferences. They’re working for the greater good here, but they need financial support to get this done.
Thank you for your advocacy on this important issue! I Love you all!