North Carolina is voting today on Amendment 1, a state Defense of Marriage Act to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage, something the legislature already banned. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber spoke out against the amendment and the precedent it sets of letting the majority vote on minority rights, saying:
The question shouldn’t have been “How do you feel about same-sex marriage?”, but “Do you believe a majority, by popular vote, should get to decide the rights of another?” That’s a dangerous precedent, because that means the rights of the people are decided by who’s in the majority at the time. …
If we put the Voting Rights Act up for a vote today in the South, if we put the Civil Rights Act of 1964 up for a vote today in the South, if we put the Fair Housing Act up for a vote today in the South, it would probably be defeated.
If voters approve the measure, North Carolina would be 30th state to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Citizens for Community Values—a faith-based organization in Cincinnati affiliated with Focus on the Family—instigated the federal Defense of Marriage Act and created the blueprint for state DOMAs, including Ohio’s constitutional same-sex marriage ban.Follow @QueerKnowledge