Amendment One: Dear North Carolina
Dear North Carolina,
Hey! It’s me.
So… are you done with your little temper tantrum? I mean, I’d certainly hate to interrupt. What’s that? You’re through?
…Are you sure?
Okay, good! Because I have something I’d like to say.
You’re probably feeling mighty proud of yourself right now, North Carolina. What with banning same-sex marriage and all… again.You do realize that it was illegal in the first place, right? Seriously, way to kick us while we’re down. You even took it a step farther and banned all civil unions!
Wow. I must say, I am at least impressed by your resolve. You’re even willing to throw straight people under the bus just to get to us!
So go ahead, North Carolina. Give yourself a pat on the back. A round of applause. Kudos.
And be sure to enjoy it while you can.. because it may be the last time you ever get throw a hissy-fit like this again.
Because, whether you like it or not, the world around us is changing. Every single day, support is growing for gay marriage and for LGBT acceptance. And I think you know that - otherwise, why would you have bothered to even make such an amendment in the first place?
You’re being awfully silly, North Carolina. The only thing this amendment has done is establish how backwards you and the rest of the bigots in this country are.
But maybe I should credit you, because you’ve also done something else. You’ve ignited a base that doesn’t agree with your outdated way of thinking. And right now, as you read this letter, they are working to bring an end to toxic legislation like Amendment One.
You know, I may be a cynical, liberal, gay college student who is disenchanted with the system, but this little nugget of wisdom is something I have always held to be true: Love will win in the end.
So you might want to get on the ride side of history, North Carolina, before it’s too late. Because incidents like this… they end up in the history books, and history will not treat you kindly.
But if you refuse, as I suspect you might, then you should know this.
You may have won the fight, but so long as hate is the only thing on your side, then you will lose the war.