Shame on You, North Carolina!

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Multiculturalism/Social Justice, Politics

As someone who once lived in the state of North Carolina, I have been very troubled by the political decision made on Tuesday to increase the level of oppression against same-sex couples. The people have spoken and voted to ban same-sex marriage in the state, though additional provisions include a ban of civil union rights for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Reasons behind this decision have ranged from the slippery slope argument to protecting the traditional “definition” of marriage to religious contradictions to cultural beliefs of different racial backgrounds. It does not really matter what excuses are used to justify this decision. It is simply just a wrong call.

Any political decision that limits the rights of people is a step backwards in human rights. When it comes to marriage, who said that heterosexual couples have it right? What is the divorce rate again? How many of those marriages involve same-sex couple? Oh wait! We would not know because more states have banned gay marriage than have even thought of possibly supporting it. Considering all of the “evils” that are out there looking to damage traditional marriage or the traditional family, there is no definable threat that same-sex couples would create by being supported by the state to engage in legal marriage.

So if its not the defense of the definition of marriage, it has to be the concern for access to rights and services. When did we decide that some people should not be afford the same rights and privileges as the rest of the population? Oh wait again! We do that with women in terms of wages, cost of health care and access to services. We do that with black Americans in terms of providing an atmosphere free of discrimination and bigotry. We do that with the LGBT community in almost every area of life. It is as if we are trying to moonwalk back to a time before we landed on the moon, when people were not afforded equal rights prior to the civil rights movement. If I were married and my partner was in poor health, I would have rights to go see them in the hospital and make decision on their treatment. If some of my friends found themselves in a similar situation with their same-sex partners, they would be denied the opportunity to even go see their partners in the hospital. Their relationships could be deeper and more meaningful, but they would still be denied. Is this right?

The immediate issue may be marriage, but this simply adds onto the list of existing problems in affording equal rights for the LGBT community. Hopefully the state of North Carolina can back up Obama’s statement (finally…) and get this thing repealed. It is a seemingly impossible task but not actually impossible.

To see more details on the state to state difference in LGBT right: http://gu.com/p/37c4m

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