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Wake commissioners support amendment banning same-sex unions

Posted February 20, 2012

Gay marriage debate, same-sex marriage

— The Wake County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Monday in support of an amendment to the state constitution that would outlaw any legal union other than marriage between one man and one woman.

Same-sex marriage is already illegal in North Carolina, but Amendment One goes one step farther by banning civil unions.

The issue goes to voters on the May 8 primary ballot.

The resolution puts the county commissioners at odds with Raleigh City Council, which passed a resolution opposing the amendment in December.

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  • timexliving Feb 22, 5:27 p.m.

    "Hey timexliving? Gay Rights is the new Civil Rights movement. It is exactly the same as Black equality."

    My, My. It's amazing to what extent people will kid themlselves. Gays have never had water cannons fired on them, attack dogs ravage them. Gays have never been lynched.

    No my friend. Gay Rights IS NOTHING LIKE BLACK EQUALITY!!! Apparently we need to extend Black History Month well into March and even April, because you and lots of other people are so ignorant of my heritage and the history of our country.

  • Mon Account Feb 22, 2:48 p.m.

    I think that when all is said and done and marriage equality is realized, these people will have a sad and embarrassing footnote to their careers: stood on the wrong side of history and supported discrimination in order to get elected to higher office.

  • dwntwnboy Feb 22, 1:57 p.m.

    "Don't you dare mention gay rights and the struggle for Black equality in the same sentence." well, how dare YOU talk about gay rights. If you aren't gay, you have NO idea what WE go through- just as I have no idea what being black is like (but black gays do). The point is- gays are black, white, asian, jewish, muslim- we are EVERYWHERE!! It IS exactly like the black civil rights fight- we arent fighting for anything more than equality- plain and simple contract equality with the government- NOTHING to do with religion or anything else. The fight for marriage equality will continue- just as the struggle for black equality did- and we wil all have the equality promised to us in the Constitution at some point in time.

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Feb 22, 8:03 a.m.

    “but we DO vote on civil liberties, bud... that is EXACTLY how this whole thing works.”

    No we don’t. Our rights and civil liberties are guaranteed by the CotUS. They aren’t voted on, they simply are. The ScotUS has determined that marriage is a civil liberty and as citizens of the United States homosexuals, just like everyone else, are guaranteed equal rights and protections under the law. There is NO voting on that.

    “By the way, i truly appreciate the humor in your screen name.”

    Thank you! Many people are less than amused. I don’t understand their issue with the bible. :)

  • ewcheercoach Feb 21, 7:56 p.m.

    Timexliving- So if your parents met during Vietnam, you were not alive during the actual civil rights movement, correct? So no one banned you from schools, restaraunts, bathrooms, etc...?

    I don't believe you personally have encountered alot of struggle for black equality. I'm sure have heard stories from older family members who truly lived through it, but not in your lifetime. So how can you so vehemently say that no one can dare speak to you about struggling for equality?

  • timexliving Feb 21, 7:22 p.m.

    "we have universities from which to hire well educated people."

    The universities are trying to find ways to cut head count. Last thing they want is to hire.

    "Now saying that 'well, we don't like the gays'..."

    I'm not saying that; the only one who says that is you.

    " I work in an office with about 300 people. I can only think of 4 people who are gay."

    Purely anecdotal. Come back with some statistic metrics.

    "Politicians use gays as pawns."

    It's the other way around. You must not read the GOLO comments much. Read this thread and read how many people are going to vote the commissioners out of office. Gay special interest groups are replacing other groups both in terms of fundraising and political influence.

  • timexliving Feb 21, 7:12 p.m.

    "timexliving
    I guess you missed the part about factual.."

    It is factual. Well, I'm just happy you didn't go into a tirade of hate speech. You're making progress. May be we can even be friends.

  • Mon Account Feb 21, 7:05 p.m.

    "Yes, I can. Now ALL business will be required to pay (at least partially) for health benefits that they would not have otherwise had to pay. That makes North Carolina a less attractive place for start-up companies who are watching every penny." - timexliving

    Some things override 'watching every penny'. Quality of life, environmental laws, social climate. Many companies have come to NC because we don't have unions, we have RTP, we have universities from which to hire well educated people. Now saying that 'well, we don't like the gays'... that may turn off a company more than the MINUSCULE uptick in married employees.
    I work in an office with about 300 people. I can only think of 4 people who are gay. And only one who wants to get married. And I also cannot think of a friend who works for a company where domestic-partner benefits aren't provided already. Seems companies are ahead of the government. Companies support equality. Politicians use gays as pawns.

  • HateIsNOTaFamilyValue Feb 21, 6:54 p.m.

    timexliving

    I guess you missed the part about factual...

  • timexliving Feb 21, 5:58 p.m.

    "Yeah worked real well to get rid of Slavery, Jim Crow, . . ."

    As someone of mixed race I find the fight for "gay rights" offensive. My father was black man serving his country, a country which often despised him, in Vietnam. There he met my mother, a young Vietnamese woman. They reunited in the States after the war.

    Father: Black. Mother: Vietnamese. Don't you dare mention gay rights and the struggle for Black equality in the same sentence. You are ignorant and have no idea what you are talking about.!

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