8 May is Primary Day in North Carolina.
There is also something of great importance on the ballot: Amendment One.
Gay marriage is already illegal in North Carolina, but this would define marriage as only between one man and one woman and adding said definition to the State Constitution.
Other than this Amendment being complete and utter crap, it is so poorly written with vague language that it could legally jeopardize the relationship status of unmarried heterosexual couples and homosexual couples with civil unions. It is unnecessary and blatantly discriminatory and I was so pleased to read this New York Times editorial that ripped it to shreds and this fantastic column by a local journalist.
(Note: if you want to lose all faith in humanity, read the comments following Tommy’s column. Then pour yourself and drink or two and let me know when you come out of the fetal position).
As you may imagine, the rhetoric regarding this vote has been vile and abusive. But, this is the South. Religion and politics mix freely; politicians openly discuss how their God is better than your God and clergy tell their congregations how to vote.
That brings me to Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church. This past Sunday (29 April), Pastor Harris gave a sermon advocating fathers to punch their sons should they display any behavior that could be interpreted as effeminate. He also said to “reign in” girls that were “acting butch” by reminding them how to be girls: look pretty and smell nice.
All of this in the name of God.