I cast my vote this morning against Amendment One, which would define marriage between one man and one woman as the ONLY legal union in the state of NC. Some of my Christian friends are advocating the amendment as a protection of marriage. They base their vote on their Christian beliefs, though Jesus had NOTHING to say on the matter. Basing discrimination on the Bible is fine, but cherry-picking should not be allowed. Chances are, if you’re a Christian that hates gays, you’d better do a bit of soul-searching about the skeletons in your own closet. MOST of the Christians I know have had premarital sex-a lot of it. Check out this pretty clear indictment of such behavior:
King James Version (KJV)
13 If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,
14 And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:
15 Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:
16 And the damsel’s father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;
17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
18 And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;
19 And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.
20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.
This is am unambiguous condemnation of ANY sexual activity outside the confines of a marriage and calls for the WHORE to be PUT TO DEATH. Crystal clear and to the point. Conversely, much of what the Bible says about homosexuality is ambiguous. This excellent article by Pastor Mark Sandlin on his blog, The God Article, points out some of the problems with the traditional Christian view of homosexuality.
Polls are saying that this Amendment will pass, opening up the likelihood of challenges that must be fought in court, which we as taxpayers will have to pay for. Many voters are not clear on what this amendment will do to children, the elderly, and heterosexual couples who are in a domestic partnership. They don’t know that it could nullify common law rights. A recent poll by Public Policy Polling shows that when voters are educated about the actual consequences of the amendment and who it affects, they are less likely to support it. Libertarians, conservatives and liberals should all be against Amendment One. Even the author of the bill, State Representative Jim Crawford (a Democrat!) is against the current version of the amendment!
I know I’m paying a lot of attention to this issue on my blog lately, but it’s a subject very close to my heart. I have friends that will be directly affected by this disastrous amendment if it is passed. Even if you’re not from this state, rest assured a similar bill will come along in your own state if this one is successful. I will be watching the results closely today, and hoping that freedom will win after the polls close this evening!
Additional information on Amendment One in this blog: