Vote against Amendment One in NC on May 8.
Edit: Wow, lots of really strong criticisms on my post here. A few quick notes and clarifications: obviously, the fight for LGBTQ rights isn’t exactly the same as the civil rights movement for African Americans in the 50s and 60s. The image is a SIMILE, and it isn’t an entirely inappropriate one either.
Amendment One threatens to add discrimination against a minority to the North Carolina constitution– something that the Jim Crowe laws did as well. Amendment One actually goes further than the “separate but equal” idea that this image embodies, in that it doesn’t even say that gays are equal on any level. It outright forbids them to have any recognized legal union. Some of you who have reblogged this image have indicated that posting it somehow whitewashes the history of the civil rights movement and turns it to the gay rights cause. Absolutely not! Without the tragic history of how African Americans were treated in the United States, this image would mean nothing. Again, it’s a simile.
In that vain, to say that the fight for equal rights for LGBTQ people is somehow less important though is unfair. Equal rights for everybody should be a top priority. The issue of marriage equality is more than a social problem- it extends to health care rights, child protection, domestic protection, rights to citizenship… it’s a big deal. There is serious discrimination against non-heterosexual couples and using a state constitution to further concrete discrimination is a problem.