Just when you think we’re making progress in this country…
Just when you feel good about the fact that New York, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia have recognized same-sex marriages, leading this nation in recognizing a basic, constitutionally-guaranteed civil right of all Americans….
Along comes North Carolina, taking us in the opposite direction.
In just two days, without public hearings or testimony from residents of the state, the North Carolina legislature has forced a measure on the May 2012 ballot to place a ban on same-sex marriages in the state Constitution. It’s an outrageous abuse of legislative power.
In North Carolina, there’s already a law against gay marriage. There’s no need for a constitutional amendment.
Of course, states can do almost anything they want to, except secede. But that doesn’t mean there’s no price to pay. For North Carolina, that price should be the loss of the Democratic National Convention, scheduled for Charlotte, next August.
With that measure on the May 2012 ballot, the DNC should immediately cancel its convention in Charlotte – and relocate it to a state which believes in equal rights for all Americans, gay or straight.
That’s my parting shot for today.