Get Over IT!

NC votes on constitutional ban on gay marriage today.

Why in God’s name (good place to start) are we having a National Debate over Gay Marriage?

Today, the great state of North Carolina may become the next state to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman. Right. DEFINING marriage as some state that can only exist between a man and a woman. No man and dog, no woman and woman, no dog and dog (although that would really piss off my Basenjis who think they are already married), but yes, only between a man and a woman.

So, starting with the God thing, a constitutional amendment that essentially defines who may love another is really not in keeping with Christian or Buddhist or Muslim (even) values. Biblical? YES! Of course. Same book that is big on an eye for an eye, and incest and sodomy. No surprise there, but Christian? Not so much. I just don’t see God showing up at the voting booths in North Carolina today and pulling the lever for a constitutional amendment that keeps people from loving each other. I don’t see God showing up at the voting booths in North Carolina at all today, but that’s another story.

North Carolina was one of a few southern states to adopt and prosecute the “feeble-minded” under the science umbrella of eugenics which was finally outlawed in 1979 (along with the invention of cell phones, the Walkman and roller-blades), and as recently as 2011 we’re still debating recompense for the remaining families of those put to death under the aegis of eugenics. Otherwise, a really nice state with some gorgeous golf courses and the home of a former Senator and candidate for the Presidency, presently on trial for fraud, who had lots in common with Jay McInerney, and it wasn’t good wine.

So, I believe in God and I believe in Bill Maher and Barak Obama. Of the three, only Barak is a) willing to visit the state, and b) unwilling to say out loud that he supports Gay Marriage.

But, to paraphrase a Greg Allman line, North Carolina don’t need ya’ around anyhow, ‘cause they have lots of supporters of the amendment, who have responded with marches, television ads and speeches, including one by Jay Bakker, son of late televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and the Rev. Billy Graham, who though dead,  was featured in full-page newspaper ads backing the amendment.

Yeah! That’s right, by God! And, people like this Italian-Jew bitch from New York ain’t helping matters by pushing it in your face. This Lady-Gaga, or whatever … making every homo think that this world belongs to them. Or, wait. Was that Madonna? Or, no … David Bowie, I think. Or, that faggot Bob Dylan … or, maybe it was Elvis?

Obama has said for the past year and a half that his personal views on the matter are “evolving.” His election-year vagueness on gay marriage is now coming under fresh scrutiny of course.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan broke ranks with the White House on Monday (there he is, letting Obama go for the rebound … faggot!), stating his unequivocal support for same-sex marriage one day after Vice President Joe Biden said he is “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex married couples getting the same rights at heterosexual married couples, which is not quite the same as supporting gay marriage, but you know Joe. Obama will also be the only person at tonight’s George Clooney dinner who hasn’t said openly that he supports gay marriage, but everyone who will vote for him knows he does, so it is OK.

Well, if that is OK, then don’t all the people who aren’t going to vote for him also know that he is a gay-lover? I mean, you can’t not vote for the guy twice can you?

This whole debate is much ado about nothing, isn’t it? Unless you happen to be gay, I suppose. I mean don’t all reasonable people agree that the government has no business making laws governing the marital or relationship choices people make, or how many babies they choose to have, or how many French fries or pizzas they consume, or what sort of sex they practice in their bedrooms, or which God they fear or worship, or which movies they see, or baseball teams they root for? Huh?

We have no problem invading other countries and blowing people up, combatants and innocent woman and children alike, destroying their homes and animals in the defense of our access to their oil, but when it comes to allowing two members of the same sex to join in matrimony, we amend the constitution to prevent it? We pass laws to limit the purchase of handguns to one per month per family, but a woman can’t marry another woman? The same country that allows the sale and unlimited consumption of 100 proof alcohol, but punishes the sale and consumption of a gram of Marijuana with long jail sentences, debates the passage of a law allowing men to marry other men? Notice anything out of place here?

The media tells us that one fault line that could determine the result is generational. Older voters, who tend to be more reliable voters, are expected to back the amendment. State House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican from a Charlotte suburb, said even if the amendment is passed, it will be reversed as today’s young adults’ age. “It’s a generational issue,” Tillis told a student group at North Carolina State University in March about the amendment he supports. “If it passes, I think it will be repealed within 20 years.” So, hell, what is everyone worried about? We all know it will be repealed. Its ONLY 20 years!

Those who oppose changing the traditional definition of marriage to include gays and lesbians said the amendment is the only chance average people have to weigh in.

“In other states, judges have redefined marriage, without a vote of the people. That’s happened in California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts,” said Tami Fitzgerald, who heads the pro-amendment group Vote FOR Marriage NC. “The origin of marriage is from God, and I think most people in our state know that.” I’m sure they do Tami, I’m sure they do.


About Steve King

iPeopleFINANCE™ Chief Operating Officer. Former CEO of Endymion Systems, Inc. a $36m Information Systems Services company. Co-founder of the Cambridge Systems Group, the creator of ACF2, the leading IBM Mainframe Data Center Security product; acquired by Computer Associates. IBM, seeCommerce, marchFIRST, Connectandsell alumni. UC Berkeley alumni. View all posts by Steve King

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