2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan take advantage of us, we are not ignorant of his devices
As Durham voters prepare to go to the polls to cast their votes for or against Amendment One, a.k.a. the Defense of Marriage Act, opponents and supporters rally hard for their positions. Emotions are high and tricks are being pulled from the proverbial bag. But Christian supporters are not fooled because like the reference scripture states, we are not ignorant of Satan’s schemes.
Opponents of the amendment have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to sway the vote of North Carolina’s citizens through deceptive ad campaigns on television and billboards across the state. The ads claim that the amendment is not about marriage at all, but about a number of other issues such as insurance benefits for the children; business growth, recruitment, and retention in the state; and the potential weakening of domestic violence laws.
Amendment One certainly is about marriage. It’s about constitutionally defining marriage so as to preclude activists judges and lawmakers from legalizing same-sex marriage without the voice and vote of the people. It leaves the decision to reject or accept the legalization of same-sex marriage in the hands of the people.
That’s the real issue. All of the aforementioned extraneous issues are nothing more than a well-orchestrated smokescreen and scare tactic designed to deceive, distract and confuse voters.
Much of the argument presented by opponents of the amendment is based on “what ifs” and hyperbole and nothing more. Let’s consider the argument about the loss of benefits for children. Why would the legal ward of a person lose his/her health insurance benefits if the amendment passes? Don’t legal guardians have the right to cover their wards on their insurance? After all, they are legal guardians. How would the amendment change that? Employers certainly couldn’t refuse to cover a person’s biological dependent. It just a smokescreen.
Let’s look at the business issue. How many businesses actually base their decision to locate their operations on the marriage laws of a state? Do you really believe that a prosperous business would pull up stakes and relocate all because of the state’s marriage laws? Do you seriously believe that North Carolina will have trouble recruiting talented employees? If so, then the assumption is that the only talented folks out there are homosexual people–a smokescreen.
Lastly, let’s address the domestic violence laws. Domestic violence law has its own definitions for domestic relationships and would probably use those when applying domestic violence laws to individual cases. It’s highly unlikely that the marriage amendment would come into play in these cases. An ex-wife will still be considered an ex-wife; a boyfriend or girlfriend will still be considered a boyfriend or girlfriend; and baby’s mama or baby’s daddy will still be considered as such. Therefore, they will probably be covered under the domestic violence laws even if the marriage amendment passes.
When you cast your vote remember the real issue. In the words of an old rap song “Don’t believe the hype”.