I realize I am in the minority in this thread, and perhaps I'll get banned from the board. Hope not. First post in the Tinderbox, so what the heck!
I'll be voting FOR the amendment. It goes beyond just the rights of two people to get married, so please don't fool yourself in thinking that is all that will change if you vote against this. Just look at how things have played out in Massachusetts before making your decisions, especially if you have children. There are reasons more states are passing these amendments than not. Even our liberal friends in California voted for a similar type of amendment! Again, it's not just about the right to get married, and it's not just Christians for it.
I'll probably get called all kinds of names, and flamed...so I'm backing out of this thread at this point. You're all grownups, I assume. You can research the issues and dig deeper without me arguing further.
No, I can't. This has no impact on heterosexual marriages. None. They lose nothing in this. This amendment is going to ban gay marriage per the NC state constitution and make the only recognized union be a marriage between one man and one woman. So, that includes heterosexual civil unions.
After doing the research on Massachusetts, what I find is religious propaganda spouting off about idiot 8th grade teachers (it doesn't specify whether it was sex ed or if it was in an english class, so it could be taking it out of context) teaching about sex toys and how lesbians have sex. If you are honestly using the "think of the children" argument, you're an idiot. Do you realize how many closeted gay kids there are in public schools? How about the number of out of the closet gay kids? They receive ridicule and harassment regularly for being gay. You ban gay marriage, and all you are doing is giving bullies more ammo, such as, "you're breaking the law, *****!"
Allowing gay marriage will not negatively impact kids. So what if they read books on gays without any complaints? Huckleberry Finn is something most of us read in high school or middle school at some point. You don't just "become gay" by allowing adults the right to marry who they want. You're not presenting a logical case. You're presenting a case that is a logical fallacy with your appeals to emotion by claiming the "think of the children" excuse. And, in doing that, you're ignoring the children who are gay who receive ridicule and how banning gay marriage (even further than it already is) will effect them. And, as I pointed out in the video, children will lose rights afforded to them due to their parents in civil unions. If one of the parents die, the other parent could lose the kid (even if the kid has been raised since they were a baby and they're now in their teenage years).
There is no just cause for this amendment. No wonder you said you were backing out, because you realize how stupid you sound.