The homophobes have struck a temporary victory in the ass-backwards state of North Carolina. For gay couples and families, it will be a struggle for them as it was for other minority groups in the past had to fight tooth and nail to obtain their civil rights.
See the photograph…in North Carolina it was against the law for blacks and whites to marry. I am old enough to remember the discrimination against interracial couples that existed into the late sixties and even later in many areas around the country. AND though interracial is legal now in all states, the 1865 attitudes are still the same for some people in backwards states like North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama…all the die-hard Rethuglican, Tea Party supporting bigots.
What do they base their prejudice on? An interpretation of a book written by ignorant human beings in ancient times…written to control and oppress other people who are different from them. Hopefully these unreasonable, religious nutjobs won’t start taking the book of Leviticus literally and start stoning people for adultry and homosexuality or killing smart-mouthed children like their “perfect word of god” says to do throughout much of the Old Testament.
I have heard and read the religious folks talk about the “sanctity of marriage” but how many of these hypocrites been divorced?….and then they go get a new spouse….sometimes two, three or more times. While the Bible says it is ok to dump your wife, it also says it is not okay to go out and get another one or sleep with anyone else while your spouse is alive. Yet I know many divorced Christians who conveniently explain away that little Biblical law as “an interpretation” we have and I have had some of them say to me “God would not want me in an unhappy marriage”. Forget about “what god has brought together, let no one put asunder” …that was just a “figure of speech”. How convenient.
It’s very scary that so many people in the year 2012 are still basing much of their prejudices and bigoted actions on an ancient book, which they cherry pick to justify their prejudices and oppression of other people, and ignore the ones that pertain to themselves.
So, what’s next North Carolina…bring back slavery? Women should just shut up and stay in the kitchen and barefoot and pregnant and let the men take care of business and other important things which affect the lives of everyone. I for the life of me cannot understand women not knowing or remembering their history. If not for women going through the same ordeal as homosexuals, they would not be having any say in politics at all, and their opinions would be scoffed at and found to be “amusing” or irritating. I don’t know how any woman can be a Republican, or a Christian for that matter.
This isn’t over North Carolina, it will take a fight, but eventually Gay Marriage will become as acceptable as Interracial Marriage is nowdays. There is nothing you can do to stop it.