Ouch. It hurt to type out those words, but it is true. I'm saddened by the passing of amendment one in North Carolina. The problem for me is that amendment one was not JUST about banning gay marriage. That is simply one aspect of a larger whole that I think everyone has completely overlooked in their zeal to stomp on gay rights.
Personally, I'm all for gays getting married. I hope that in my life time gay marriage become common place. However, let's put the part about gay marriage aside for just second and talk about the other aspect of amendment one that people should be up in arms about. The amendment is so poorly worded that it states that ANY partnership is illegal if it is not a marriage between and man and a woman. Now, I want to make that clear. ANY relationship where there is a not a marriage between the couple is now illegal, according to how the amendment is written. They may not actually have intended for the amendment to be a detriment to heterosexual couples, but someone some where can and will use that to their advantage. Which means that common law marriages could be under fire, or long term relationships between HETEROSEXUALS. See why I'm pissed?
This amendment can, and probably will hurt heterosexual couples. If you have a baby with a man, you can forget about child support if he breaks up with you because you didn't marry him. You have an abusive boyfriend bugging you, well the law will not protect you as well.....because you didn't marry him. Marry him and let him beat you again, THEN the law will be on your side. That bitchy girlfriend that won't leave you alone, well you didn't marry her so unless you can prove she is stalking you, you are SOL and can't get a restraining order. I'm not kidding folks. THIS is what the people of North Carolina voted for, along with trying to destroy gay marriage. Oh, and better yet.....there have been laws in place since 2007 that prevented gays from getting married in NC. Please, I'll type that again. There were ALREADY laws that prevented gay marriage in NC.
So why make a fucking amendment and waste tax payers' time and money in promoting something that is totally unnecessary and could also drastically impact people that are NOT gay at the same time?
Okay. My venting is over. Thanks.