Amendment One passed. Rampant homophobia is now a part of our state's constitution. I am sickened and horrified. I am truly heartbroken for the unmarried couples, both gay and straight, that this legislation will most harshly impact. I am, for the first time in my entire life, ashamed of my state.
The voting public basically just told an entire group of people that this state thinks they're second class citizens. That's shameful. We should be moving forward, not backward. This amendment quashes civil liberties. Before long we won't have any freedoms left--unless "we" happen to be white heterosexual men.
When the domestic violence cases begin getting thrown out of courts because attorneys utilize the new legal definition of "domestic" to get women-beaters off the hook I hope every single person who voted yes will realize that result is on their heads. When insurance companies start dropping coverage for people who need insurance, I hope those who voted yes again realize that's on their heads.
Mostly, however, I hope this amendment will be repealed. I hope it will be taken off the books and out of our constitution. I hope it doesn't take as long for our state to realize the negative legal ramifications of this legislation as it took Ohio.
To all of the unmarried couples, gay and straight, here's to you. I am a North Carolinian and I love you. I respect you. I honor your difference and your sexuality.