the pursuit of happiness

Not to be confused with the brilliant but misspelled movie by Will Smith or a sub-par but catchy song by Kid Cudi this post is about my views on something that grinds my gears…..

(side note: just for the record I heard Chris Gardner (real life character played by Will Smith) speak and he is simply amazing, his stories of his life struggles are very motivational…but i digress)

With the upcoming May 8th Primary in North Carolina, many are not even talking about the politicians, but more about the proposed state constitutional amendment that would establish marriage between a man and a woman as the only legally recognized union in the state, better known as Amendment One, now while many are focusing on the affects of this proposed law, I will argue that unless you are the judge from the future who will preside over the case that is based on an interpretation of this amendment, its hard to know the possible implications of this amendment. I feel these arguments overlook the fundamental problem with this amendment, which I will try to highlight below…

…lets first take a step back and not argue the interpretation of the amendment and conflicting laws, because we are not lawyers and lets focus on what we strive for as a country and a society….

A little history lesson from our founding fathers…

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

and a quote from a blogger that really spoke to me…

“We don’t have a “Bill of Rights” to give us rights: those rights, and many more, are intrinsically ours, from the outset, “unalienable” to all human beings. We have a Bill of Rights to protect our rights from the “tyranny of the majority” … the popular vote. Matters of human and civil rights are quite properly beyond the reach of a popular vote. The right to choose your life partner and the nature of your relationship with him or her is such a right. We should not even be THINKING about voting on that right.” – Steve Bates

So my question to those who are voting FOR NC Constitutional Amendment on May 8th, 2012…

Help me understand why you would vote FOR this amendment?

In a country of Religious Freedom… If marriage was only a religious sacrament, then this debate would be one decided by ones religion, but since its also civil institution handled by the government, we must be open to all definitions of it, we cannot discriminate against one version or definition just because it doesn’t match up with ones religion beliefs. Also a quick look back in history will tell you that we must evolve as a society to overcome discrimination… From someone who has found happiness and would of been unable to do so until 1967, I would never want to deny someone this same happiness …

And one more last thing to chew on (no pun intended)…

Chew on this...

We must allow a framework for unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Vote Against
Vote Against Amendment One…
(not my pic, since Mecklenburg County is Electronic.. but I voted Against, I hope you do the same…)

About Jonathan

a north carolina native | north carolina state university alum | avid techie
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  • BJP

    Very well said. Agree 100%. But no matter you’re opinion on the subject, its nice to read well thought out opinions instead of meaningless and ignorant insults, threats, and damnation…nice work.

    • chris

      Nicely said Jonny ray

      Chris c