To all the religious zealots, the bible bangers, the so-called "Jesus freaks" and ultra-traditionalists, the gay-bashers, the haters, the uptight, the hypocritical, the self-denying and the delusional who voted to pass North Carolina's Amendment 1:
You live every day attesting your entire life to a savior. To this “Christ”, whom you supposedly strive to be more like in all that you do, so that you can reach attainment of some sort of divinity, as you believe he was divine. A Christ whose gospel rules your life. A Christ, coincidentally, whose actual messages were “love your neighbor as yourself” and to be compassionate to everyone, especially those who suffer the most. A Christ who spent his entire life with lepers and cripples and prostitutes who were all looking for love and acceptance, while the religious dictators of the time denied these people from society and refused to recognize them as worthwhile, casting them aside like garbage. These were the people your Christ kept company with: those who suffered at the hands of societal leaders.
God is love. It’s written in your Bible over and over and over again. You sing it in your songs. You say it at your services. You quite literally spend your entire religious livelihood preaching a message of love and acceptance for that which you cannot fully understand, and yet here you stand, blatantly cultivating hate. Imagine if your Christ had his “second coming” that you all wait for in vain, and was to see the way you treat people who share this earth with you. Imagine his dismay that you could have intentionally chosen to discard your human brothers and sisters; label them as “less than” and deny them compassion and consideration and love. His ONLY mission was love.
Amendment 1 is not a preservation of “God’s” marriage. Marriage was not created by God. It was conceived by people. Earthlings. Homosapiens (notice the 'homo' in that?) It’s a societal institution that recognizes the decision of two people who elect to form a domestic partnership under the law, and/or the Church if they so choose. The decision to lawfully deny basic human rights to any human is archaic, and quite honestly, nonsensical. How does it not make sense to you? HUMAN. RIGHTS.
To paraphrase political analyst Rachel Maddow, rights are rights for a reason. They shouldn’t have to be voted on. By voting to pass this amendment, you have not only set us, as a people, back to a level of perceived acceptable ignorance that most hoped was a faint shadow of the past, but you have violated the mantra and core rhetoric of your life’s savior. You have set in place a law that encourages the idea that loving a certain way is not acceptable, as if any of you are fit to judge. By passing this amendment, you have accomplished the opposite of what you are claiming to have done: rather than preserving something beautiful, you have shattered the notion you claim to base your life on, and contradicted the message of love.