The people of North Carolina went to the polls yesterday, and they spoke their minds. North Carolina became the 31st state in America to have a gay marriage ban in the language of its state constitution. Even though gay marriage is already illegal in NC, the people of the Tar Heel State decided that the time was right to pass a law that will make it even harder if someday in the future its citizens tried to give people who are gay equal rights. With this one voting stone, they killed a second civil rights bird by stripping gay couples who had entered into a civil union of any rights that they previously had with their same-sex partner. It is yet another victory in the battle that has been waged by “the religious right” in this country to make sin illegal. Once (their idea of) sin is illegal, we can finally have the sin-free paradise that the Founding Fathers envisioned.
Something tells me they’re not going to touch that tricky old sin of divorce, though….
So I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to all gay people within the sound of this blog post. I know it seems like Christians have led this charge to make homosexuals feel like second class citizens–and it feels that way because it is largely true–but on behalf of the many people who call themselves followers of Jesus who think this sort of law is complete bullshit, I’d like to say that I’m so, so sorry. I’m sorry for people who make it look like Jesus is all about ignorance and fear and bigotry. That’s not what Jesus is about. Jesus is about love and justice and service and freedom and life. Jesus is frickin’ awesome, and there are a whole lot of people who call themselves Christians who will work beside you until this unjust garbage is a thing of the past. But yeah–So sorry.
Also, if you want to check this older post out, FEEL FREE