North Carolina: where homophobia is law

“Being gay is an abomination. Gay people are going to Hell.” That’s what Rep. Marcus Brandon heard a speaker say at the House Rules Committee meeting Sept 12. Soon after, reported NC Policy Watch, in keeping with that nasty sentiment, the House opted to allow anti-gay hatred to be written into North Carolina’s state constitution.

Designed to repress, and pushed forward by a collective prejudice, the amendment that outlawed gay marriage in the state was passed by a vote of 30-16. What’s more, this law also makes gay civil unions illegal.

This move clearly suggested the following: Firstly, that the state lawmakers viewed the LGBT community as a group unworthy of equality and tolerance. Secondly, that an alarming number of politicians in certain states may not have their priorities straight.

One such state – Oklahoma – offers proof of this, particularly when you examine the words of State Rep. Sally Kern, who would rather be fighting homosexuals than, oh, say…terrorists. Kern remarked, in an interview with anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera, that homosexuality poses a larger threat to the U.S. than terrorist activities. Moreover, she said this right around the time of the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

In her opinion, “hundreds of thousands who have died of having AIDS,” – which she inexplicably associates with gay sexual activity alone – probably outnumber those who have died at the hands of terrorists.

Kern’s narrow-mindedness seems to embody the current feelings of the Right Wing in this country – and now, North Carolina is one more state that will have to suffer for it.

The White House responded to this new legislation via spokesman Shin Inouye, reported Washington Blade. Inouye issued a statement in which he outlined the President’s position on this matter.

“The President,” he said, “has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protection as straight couples. That’s why he has called for a repeal of the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act,’ and determined that his administration would no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA in the courts.

“While the President does not weigh in on every single action taken by legislative bodies in our country, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples. The President believes strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away.”

Back in North Carolina, several black ministers attacked those who equate gay marriage support with civil rights. Speaking at a news conference, they claimed that same-sex marriage was contradictory to the Christian faith.

Black filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris’s documentary, “Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness,” addressed the gay marriage issue from the perspective of the Black community. It focused on Mr. Rushing, an African-American Massachusetts state representative who avidly agrees that gay rights, like the struggle against racism, are a civil rights issue.

American civil rights groups like the NAACP, and leaders like Rev. Jessee Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, have agreed that LGBT rights are indeed civil rights issues.

In reality, many people, African-American or otherwise, agree that the current struggle to earn support for gay marriage is, in a very strong way, a revisitation of those old civil rights struggles; discrimination is, as during the 60s, once more running rampant in modern America.

And on Monday, the North Carolina Senate did nothing to solve that problem. In fact, they made things even worse.

Photo: Caption: Around 300 people gather at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, demanding that State Rep. Sally Kern apologize for making anti-gay remarks. Jaconna Aguirre/AP Photos


Blake Skylar
Blake Skylar

Blake writes on environment and culture. He has covered issues including the BP oil spill and the UN Climate Conference in Paris. In 2015, he received an award from the Illinois Woman's Press Association for his coverage of the People's Climate March in New York. As production manager, he is also responsible for the daily assembly of the PW home page.

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  • I went to high school in NC I am gay… called so many bad names.. i am a fighter.. you must be too.. if they spit on you spit back if they hit you hit back… and if they try to hurt you sue them.. you are smart and thus they are stupid.. one of the people who bothered me her father was on the board of education… listen sue them… sue find a good lawyer not one from NC .. I graduated from Campbell.. dont ask one of them ask a liberal….Duke or Carolina… fight back i have sued so many people if you need help call me or email me

  • That NC speaker’s claim that gayness is an abomination & that gays are going to hell is, like most other, similar Rightie claims, incredibly antiquated, i.e., Medieval. The religious fanatics especially are clinging so tightly to their belief to the point of rabid authoritarianism. I would think that they would recognize the idea of “live & let live,” according to their belief. Rather, they embrace literal interpretations, blatant abstractions, reducing themselves down to cartoon caricatures. Gays, lesbians, Bis, Heteros, etc., as groups, have thier multi-dimensional characteristics. There are positives & negatives. But, all share that basic human connectedness characteristic of humankind. Gays, e.g., have been around for quite some time w/in human history, although as a minority.

  • Recently i viewed a fascinating exhibit of posters from the WWII era showing both the fight against hitler fascism and the kinds of hideous images the fascists themselves produced: racist, anti-semitic, and such.

    and i remember the huge counter demonstration when the illinois nazis tried to march in chicago years ago (memorialized in a scene in the film ‘blues brothers’) and some friends wore pink triangles pinned to their clothes. they explained that under hitler fascism those who were homosexual had to wear these pink triangles, the same way jews had to wear yellow stars, and red triangles were worn by political prisoners.

    these were concentration camp badgesm and literally millions of people were executed–exterminated–because of who they were.

    today’s fascists, whether they are elected officials or violent gangs of toughs, need to be reigned in NOW!


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