I am writing in response to the editorial written by Thomas S. Kern III (“Marriage amendment not about discrimination,” The O-N-E, May 3).
In Mr. Kern's editorial he states that Amendment One in not about discrimination, yet any time a group of people seek to inhibit the rights of another group of people, it is in fact discrimination. This great country we call home was founded on the idea that all people deserve the same freedoms and rights. To keep those freedoms from any citizen is to fly in the face of everything we, as Americans, should stand for.
Many of the arguments to vote for Amendment One are the same arguments that were used to defend infringing on the rights of African Americans and women. Giving those citizens equal rights did not destroy this country and neither will giving homosexuals the right to marry. Every time we, as a nation, have elevated a group of people that have been downtrodden, this country has only gotten stronger and more unified.
Mr. Kern also wrote about the history of marriage and how it must be protected. He is right that marriage, as a Christian tradition, has been around for about 2,000 years. What he fails to grasp is that every major religion, including many that predate Christianity, have their own marriage traditions that were covenants between those people and whatever god they chose to believe in. And, as we still live in a world with many religions and in a country that gives it's citizens the right to religious freedoms, many of those marriage practices still exist today. Marriage is not and never has been a solely Christian tradition. A marriage officiated by a Rabi, a Muslim Imam, or a magistrate at the local court house is just as legal, in the eyes of the law and under the U.S. Constitution, as one officiated by an ordained minister. To say "Marriage was ordained by God between one man and one woman," is to imply that marriage is solely Christian and discounts hundreds of thousands of other marriages in this country. Don't those people have just as much of a right to protect their marriage as you do yours?
I was born and raised in North Carolina, and I was raised to believe that all people are equal. I have already voted against Amendment One because discrimination in any form and against any group of people is wrong and is not a value that North Carolina should condone. If you believe, as I do, in an America and a North Carolina that truly gives all of it's citizens equal rights, join me in voting Against.