There were a lot of eloquent speeches and insightful observations offered at this morning’s press event at the NC General Assembly to kick of the “No” campaign against the marriage discrimination amendment.
The legislature’s most eloquent speaker, Rep. Rick Glazier hit a home run. The Rev. T. Anthony Spearman of the NAACP spoke passionately against all forms of discrimination and the cynical “divide and conquer” politics of the legislature’s right-wing majority. Attorney Sherri Zann Rosenthal of Durham explained in great detail the humiliating second class citizenship that she and her partner are already forced to endure on a daily basis.
The best and most emotional moment came, however, when a woman named Caitlin Breedlove explained how she and her partner were watching the news recently with their young daughter. When a report began to air about the marriage discrimination amendment vote, Breedlove reported, her daughter became confused and worried. Not fully understanding what was going on, the girl then turned to her parents and asked: “Does this mean someone’s going to come and take me away?”
If contemplating that real, simple and excruciatingly painful human moment doesn’t make you stop and think and realize just how absurd, mean and counter-productive the discrimination amendment is, I don’t know what will.
The really disturbing thing, of course, is that there are undoubtedly supporters of the amendment who would do just what the girl fears if only they could figure out a way.