Friday, March 23, 2007

South Carolina's new constitution of descrimination

South Carolina officially banned gay marriage Thursday as legislative leaders ratified a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November. South Carolina was among eight states with gay marriage bans on the ballot last year. The measures passed everywhere except Arizona. And to think I moved here from Arizona!

The Constitution now reads, "A marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that shall be valid or recognized in this state."

It prevents the state and local governments from legalizing any sort of domestic union of gay couples or recognizing those made in other states.


Almost 80% of SC voters approved the amendment last year.

Why are so many people who would not be immediately affected, whether financial, morally or any other way by gay marriage or civil unions, be so adamant about denying rights for the relatively few people whose lives are greatly affected by such stupidity made into law? Why?

1 comment:

Buck said...

It's in the water. It's the same reason we held out on slavery, Jim Crow laws, American Apartheid (AKA "segregation"), and petition drives to keep out immigrants, refugees, and others. Unfortunately, the rarity is the person who is compassionate, caring, and empathetic in the South.