Yesterday, North Carolina decided that they wanted to make a leap into the past. Apparently, NC is not ready for those pesky, modern ideals. Four Republicans in the NC House submitted House Bill 780, entitled “Uphold Historical Marriage Act.” You guessed it: they want to restore their ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. They want marriages to go back to the way it was spelled out in The Bible – in the Old Testament, of course. They even use a verse from The Bible in the bill.
The bill reads in part,
Whereas, the ruling of the United States Supreme Court not only exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the State of North Carolina and a vote of the People of the State on an issue pertaining solely to the State of North Carolina and the People of North Carolina but also exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the decree of Almighty God that ‘a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history.
The bill is sponsored by Larry Pittman, Carl Ford, Mike Clampitt and Michael Speciale. Do none of these men realize that church and state are to remain separate? A person should know this before holding a position in government. Right? I mean, am I way off on this? I understand that they are probably four, sexually-confused, unhappily married men who would like to project their unhappiness onto everyone else. I get it, deviating from one’s norm can be scary. But. How do you frame a bill around a verse in a religious text in America?
Aren’t we taught in school that America was founded by people who wanted to escape religious persecution? It’s true the Pilgrims wanted the freedom to be even more repressive, but the idea of separation of church and state stuck. If I were in North Carolina, I would be enraged. I hope every supporter of equal rights in that state write or call those men and let them know that they cannot discriminate against a portion of the state’s population that they are PAID to represent.