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One of the best op-eds you’ll read on Amendment One

One of the smartest lawyers in the state (a man who also, luckily, happens to be a state lawmaker–Rep. Rick Glazier) weighed in on the marriage discrimination amendment yesterday morning in the Fayetteville Observer.

It’s definitely worth your time to read and forward to some friends.

I liked this part:

“Under this amendment, the most intimate personal decision we as human beings will ever make – whom we wish to spend life with – now becomes subject to a government stamp of approval enshrined in the constitution of the state, potentially in perpetuity. And we do it out of nothing but pure fear.

The constitution of North Carolina was not created to be a tool to divide our citizens one from another. It has been used before to that end, and we have always come to regret it.

The constitution holds out equality as an ideal; this amendment would say we are just kidding. The divisiveness, intolerance and fear that are at the heart of this amendment cannot be allowed to succeed.

The fight over this amendment allows us all the opportunity to educate each other and remind everyone that the people to be harmed by its passage are all of us – our children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, neighbors, friends and colleagues. We truly are all God’s children.”

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