Uncategorized

Greenville City Council passes resolution opposing Amendment One (video)

With less than a month before voters go to the polls, Greenville City Council voted Monday evening to reject Amendment One, the anti-gay marriage amendment that will be on the ballot May 8th.

Council Member Marion Blackburn told the chamber:

“It is a human rights matter, and we cannot afford to be on the wrong side.”

Councilman Calvin Mercer sided with Blackburn saying the state could not bestow holiness to any union, adding that the “government needs to get out of the marriage business.”

In his remarks, Councilman Dennis Mitchell called the proposed constitutional amendment  “archaic.”

To hear their full debate of Amendment One, click below:

Get Microsoft Silverlight

One Comment

  1. John

    April 24, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Must have been distracted by the desllivhiy handsome face in the Video link.My point was that the letter of the amendment doesn’t change the core argument for/against it. The argument is around whether society allowing people of the same sex to enter into a recognized marriage is such a threat to the social order that the government has to prevent it. Clearly, allowing races to mix is not a threat to society (as many felt), so we should be glad the miscegenation laws were tossed. On the other hand, allowing anyone to marry anyone else, in any numbers, would be a threat to social order and could be reasonably resisted, on the fear that it could effectively eliminate the institution of marriage, which could be seen as destabilizing to society. So the question remains, is allowing men to marry other men, women to marry other women, an overdue liberation, like ending miscegenation laws, or is it a move towards destabilizing an important social institution? Government has a duty to maintain some degree of social order, though the Libertarian might set the bar a lot lower than the Evangelical or Socialist on what’s appropriate. We can (mostly) agree on extremes of acceptable laws; no mass orgies in the town square, even with a permit? Seems reasonable. Felony status for adultery? Seems a bit intrusive. Blue law closings on God’s day? Mind your own business.