Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Candlelight Vigil Held in Charlotte to Protest Homophobic Marriage Amendment

Photo, Steve Publicover
As you may have heard by now, the North Carolina legislature approved a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman. The ballot is slated to go to the voters in May, instead of November, as many had expected.

According to an NPR story I heard on the way home tonight, this was a tactical decision on the part of NC Republicans who now have a majority in the legislature. The thinking is that anti-Obama sentiment in the state is enough to get their base to the polls in November, so they're saving the gay thing for May, when they'll need to rally the base once again for the presidential primaries.

Wow! I don't know about you, but I feel sooo important with all this attention!

What the Tarheel Repulitards fail to take into account is the change in public sentiment since the days when Carl Rove used homophobia to get out the vote and secure W's second term. This could either work as they intended or back fire.

I guess it all depends on how badly Obama fucks up between now and then. If he can pull his ass out of the frying pan and give his base a reason to support him agian this time, we may just have a chance to defeat this measure, but I wouldn't put money on it.

Meanwhile, your friendly southern-fried Blog Meister has been trying to make inroads with the local queers in his new home town/state. A friend of mine alerted me to an impromptu candlelight vigil being held by MCC  Monday night at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Charlotte. I picked him up and we headed into the city.

The crowd of about 300 packed the small church and listened to the inspirational words of leaders from several religious backgrounds, assuring them that God and history are on our side. The MCC Choir performed and the crowd left feeling revitalized in the face of such a disappointing setback.

It was my first foray into the Charlotte LGBT community and I was so pleased to see so many people come out at the last minute to support their community.
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Steve...great job covering this. I have been to Charlotte's MCC and to their community center. A super-great bunch of folks who are very active in our equality struggle, and supportive of us here in Roanoke as well. Glad you are making new friends etc and continuing to help as you always have. Take care...Frank
    --Major positive rulings re. prop 8 could dismantle this hateful,repetitive GOP tactic.


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