This video report by the AP shows what politics-fueled antigay hate looks like in North Carolina, just hours away from voting on the anti-gay marriage Amendment One. What’s striking is the ignorance and hate that has enveloped ordinary citizens, most of whom, studies show, don’t actually understand what Amendment One actually does. Currently, polls say gay rights supporters will lose tomorrow, possibly by a margin as large as 16%, thanks to assaults by religious institutions, anti-gay hate groups, and a coordinated effort within North Carolina’s churches.
Many are familiar with some of the anti-gay rhetoric that has filled houses of worship, like that of Pastor Sean Harris, who advocated for parents to “punch” children as young as four years old if they suspect their toddlers, children, or teens might be gay or lesbian.
Not as many watched the video of another Pastor, who last week asked parishioners, “what is stopping [pro-gay politicians] from refining marriage as between a person and a beast? We’re not far from that.”
In this video, one man says he “saw the picture from Iowa where the legislature voted for gay marriage there and I saw two little girls jumping up and down with two lesbian women and that’s when I realized our greatest danger is to change the marriage laws.”
The Legislature in Iowa did not vote for same-sex marriage –the Iowa Supreme Court ruled banning same-sex couples from the institution of marriage was unconstitutional. A good indication of how ill-informed, mis-informed, and just plain ignorant the citizenry voting for Amendment One truly are — thanks to a wide coalition of anti-gay politicians and religious leaders.
The AP notes that North Carolina voters “head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to ban gay marriage in the state constitution. Both sides claim God is on their side.” I’m not so sure that’s accurate — anti-Amendment One activists and supporters merely state that Amendment One is hateful, poorly written, far too broad, and will affect all unmarried families — not just those of LGBT peoples.
Jeremy Hooper from Good As You writes, “I applaud the Associated Press for this report, which really gives good insight into how personal, religious, and downright hostile the other side has been in North Carolina.”
Hat tip: Towleroad
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