It's time for the 'we need to protect marriage' con to die
Here we go again. The North Carolina Legislature has passed a bill to allow its citizens to vote on a state constitutional amendment against gay marriage. The majority of folks in NC are against this amendment but that is considered a minor detail by the organizations and people pushing it. They are always quick to point out that other states which have polled against state constitutional amendments against gay marriage passed them when voters had the chance to register their opinions via the ballot box. Of course the truth is not that simple. The untold narrative usually goes like this: People in the targeted states are so generally worried about more pressing issues that they allow their legislatures to be the first salvo in what can be called an invasion, i.e. laying the groundwork by passing a bill, thereby forcing constituents to vote on the matter. Then an organization – usually the National Organization for Marriage – is the second part of the invasion via its virtually unlimited funds supplied by secret donors (which the group has fought tooth and nail not to reveal), that pays for the inundation of robocalls, mailers, and commercials spinning a multitude of lies about gays harming children or gays persecuting Christians, or gays causing all sorts of mayhem in general if the amendment is not passed. At the same time, the organization stroke the egos of area pastors and public leaders. The organization, combined with these pastors and public leaders, gain votes by:
- picking a needless war with the gay community over the definition of “civil rights,”
- spooking people into thinking that God will literally send the Angel of Death to smite them if they don’t vote for the amendment,
- and scaring people into thinking that gays are going to knock down their front doors and cart them off to jail or convert their children if they don’t vote for the amendment.