I don’t usually blog about politics, at least not current politics. (If it happened a century ago or more, however, it’s fair game.) That said, my home state of North Carolina has a constitutional amendment on the May 8 primary ballot. Called Amendment One, it states that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
This issue is fraught with passionate feelings on both sides, but while I finish redesigning the site I don’t have time to write about it. Instead, let me direct attention to a very well written, well thought out piece from a conservative blogger Brent Woodcox.
Here’s a brief excerpt:
“From the days of our Founding Fathers to the present day, the steady drumbeat of progress in our great country has been that of a march towards freedom. That used to mean something in so-called “conservative” circles. I am a conservative in every sense in which that word can be traced through history. I believe in capitalism, our republican form of government, in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, and for treating others as we wish to be treated … That’s why I oppose this amendment. Not as a liberal but as a conservative. Freedom comes with a great price. If you are to be free, it means you must allow others who have entered into the same social contract with you that same freedom.”
I’ll be voting against it, for my own reasons, but even those planning to vote for Amendment One should give this a read — it may not change your mind, but it will make you think.