Require Licensed Marriage Officials to Marry Same-Sex Couples

Support Gay Marriage

Target: Shirley B. Randleman, NC Senator and member of the Appropriations of Justice and Public Safety Committee

Goal: Allow same-sex partners to get married wherever and by whomever they choose.

North Carolina senators recently overturned a veto, making it legal for licensed marriage officials to tell same-sex couples they won’t marry them because it is against their religious values. If this situation is not changed, discrimination will continue to be grossly tolerated.

Ironically, even the most notorious criminals have been given the right to get married by licensed marriage officials, including Charles Manson. Yet, it is somehow OK for marriage officials to refuse to marry same-sex couples due to conflicting religious views.

Furthermore, the Bible says it’s wrong for two people to live together before they get married, yet it would be illegal for someone to tell such a couple that he or she could not join them in holy matrimony for this reason. If other people who are living in sin– according to the Bible–are not being discriminated against for somehow defying the holy book, why should gay people be denied this basic human right?

When you consider these points, it is absolutely absurd that our society is still so intolerant. Sign this petition to tell North Carolina senators that such discrimination against good citizens is disgusting and uncalled for. If we continue to allow this discrimination to take place, people will soon have the right to legally discriminate against anyone they choose.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Randleman,

Your recent vote indicates that you think it is OK for licensed marriage officials to tell gay couples they won’t marry them due to their religious convictions. If this law is not overturned, unfounded discrimination will continue to take place.

Disturbingly, even criminals who are in prison for committing the most heinous crimes are not denied the basic right to get married by any licensed marriage official. However, because a good portion of society finds it awkward that same-sex couples want to engage in this practice, discrimination against them is somehow tolerated.

According to the Bible, people who get divorced and who later plan to remarry are living in sin. Yet, a couple with such a past would easily win a lawsuit if they were told by someone that he or she couldn’t marry them a second time.

I therefore encourage you to support making it illegal for a person to tell a gay couple that he or she won’t marry them because of conflicting beliefs. If we continue to discriminate against gay people, what is to stop us from discriminating against all others in the future?

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: See-ming Lee

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