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10/10/2011

Discrimination betters nation, says NC 'family' head; 'That's never happened before,' says history

by Jeremy Hooper

Anti-gay marriage amendments are like a lullaby that will put to bed any state's marriage issue once and for all. Or so intimates a man who is trying to push one into his own state's constitution:

"After a Marriage Protection Amendment is placed in the Constitution, a more orderly civil society can ensue. This has been the case in states that already have a constitutional amendment in place. States that do not have this protection have an area of unsettled law, where a court or legislative body can intervene at any time to introduce the rancor and division that has come in every state that has gone down the path towards marriage redefinition."

-Bill Brooks, head of the North Carolina Family Policy Council

REALITY: Marriage amendments are mean-spirited, divisive, and ultimately destined to wither in every state where they have been enacted. They do not "settle" anything -- they only add years and countless dollars to a fight that will ultimately bend towards justice, since common sense tells us that equality activists in a nation with six marriage equality states (+ D.C.) are never going to accept a reverse in this growing course. That's a promise.

The marriage amendments will all be left in the annals of ill-advised history, ultimately. And when that happens, it will be up to people like Bill Brooks to explain why his movement wasted energy, resources, and goodwill on measures that wouldn't be able to sustain the ultimate tests. I don't know if the "protect marriage" movement's inability to provide such justification will create rancor and division with the "values voters" ranks. But I do know that those of us who value peace of mind and the American sense of equality will no longer care. Happily.

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