Dear North Carolina Parents Who Wish To Ban Gay Marriage,

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Tomorrow, May 8, voters in North Carolina will decide on Amendment 1:

The measure would define marriage in the state constitution as between one man and one woman, and would ban any other type of "domestic legal union" such as civil unions and domestic partnerships. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in the state of North Carolina but the proposed measure would add the ban to the state constitution.


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Dear North Carolina Parents Who Wish To Ban Gay Marriage:

Please stop asking me to "get out and vote FOR the marriage amendment" and that "you believe marriage is between one man and one woman."

It makes me lose respect for you.  It makes me think you aren't very intelligent.  It makes me think you're insensitive, and that you would feed my children to your's if you had to.  It makes me think you will find a Bible verse to justify it.  It just makes me not like you.

How is it possible that a country that was founded on the idea of religious freedom and separation of church and state be so forgetful?  How can the Unites States of America, that invades other countries in the name freedom, want to discriminate against two people who want to be together but do not have the proper anatomy to be considered the "opposite sex?"

How can a sweet, southern accent, blond bob, fellow mom that has a glass of wine with me and shares stories about our funny and adorable kids spew this insanity?

How can you know your children are going to be straight or gay?  How do you know that if one of you children announces in twenty years that they are in love with someone and want to share their life with them that you will be able to say "those words", then, that you are plastering all over FaceBook, now?  How can you look at your child and tell them that their love is less valuable than the love of two people who do not have the same "private parts?"  How can you teach your children to love and to be "Godly" and to not judge and yet you are?

You are judging based on your religious beliefs with the same tenacity that people across the world have when they strip away the rights of people, in the name of religion.  In Afghanistan women aren't allowed to drive.  I am sure you believe that is just ridiculous.  The law banning female drivers is based on their religion.  A religion that brought people to our great country to seek religious freedom and personal rights.

Your religion should not be dictating our laws.  This is what founded this country.  We believed in freedom for all.  We believed to be treated equally.  Why should opposite sex couples be allowed more freedoms than same-sex couples?  If you don't like it based on your religious beliefs then don't let them get married in your church.

I cannot imagine that your loving, forgiving and accepting God would want you to judge.  I don't care what version of the Bible your reading.  My God is loving.  He created us and he created us all different.  I refuse to deny rights to Americans because of sexual orientation and I refuse to believe that homosexuality is a choice and something you can get "help" for.

How can you say you're "Proud to be an American" and yet you want to take away the freedom and liberties of people who don't live with your same religious beliefs?

I took both of these photos myself with several years between them.  The old man that drives this truck with his homemade "bumper stickers" bungeed onto the back makes me proud to be an American.  

We can have religious differences without being condemned.  I believe those religious beliefs should not get in the way of providing equality to all of our citizens.

Sincerely And With Respect,

~Abbie

Abbie blogs at All that makes you

 

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