On May 8th, my home state, North Carolina, will allow its citizens to vote on an amendment to the State Constitution which will define marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Same sex marriage is already illegal here. The culture warriors just want to put some nails in the coffin. The actual language on the ballot will read as follows...
Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.
I expect the amendment to pass rather easily. North Carolina is a pretty conservative and obviously bible-belt state. For instance, in my small, rural county, in the 2004 presidential election, Bush carried something like 71 or 72% of the vote. That's all well and good. I'm all for people having the freedom to vote for whomever or whatever they choose as long as their vote is informed and not conformed. The problem with this marriage amendment is the utterly sickening hypocrisy of its supporters. Truly brain-dead, mind-numbing dishonesty and hypocrisy. The idea that these people are "protecting the sanctity of marriage" goes beyond dishonesty to just being a damn lie, and if you support this amendment from that position, you're a damn liar.
First of all, nearly half of ALL marriages end in divorce, and here in the south, the bible-belt (including NC), we have the highest divorce rates in the nation (outside of the obvious - Nevada, where what happens in Vegas usually gets divorced in Vegas), considerably higher than those godless liberals in the northeast and those filthy hippies and hedonists on the left coast. My guess is that gays are responsible for less than .0001% of all hetero marriage divorces. I'd venture yet another guess that some combination of money issues and adultery are responsible for about 80% of these divorces.
To conservative cultural warrior North Carolinians who support this amendment: Until I see you demanding and supporting an amendment to the State Constitution banning divorce (and setting financial parameters for marriage which come with criminal penalties when breached, and making adultery a criminal offence), don't you dare come at me with the notion that you want to "protect the sanctity of marriage"...because you're a damn liar.
This isn't a vote to protect the sanctity of marriage. It's a referendum on gays and an attempt to officiate the lives and rights of others, imposing your own religious culture on them. It's pretty sad that Christians have to lie about what it is.
It's yet another case of "Christians" confusing sociopolitical religious cultural bias with matters of genuine faith - to the point where it not only makes them lesser people of faith, but lesser people period.