I sent this letter to the editor via e-mail to the Washington Post in response to an AP story that ran nationwide in March 2007 about the day an extremely prejudiced constitutional amendment passed by South Carolina voters in 2006 officially went into effect.
I am outraged by the intolerance toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans (GLBT) Americans expressed by the voters in seven states last November. As these constitutional amendments “officially” take effect –like South Carolina’s did on March 22 — all Americans will feel the constraint on the freedom to choose with whom we enter lifelong relationships.
South Carolina, and the six other states that have passed similar laws, wrongfully restrict the definition of a marriage to the union of “one man and one woman.” This narrow definition is incapable of meeting the needs of all South Carolina residents and it will continue to give preferential treatment, under the law, to heterosexual couples. That constitutes a violation of civil rights for GLBT couples.
South Carolina was wrong when its delegate removed the “Anti-Slavery Clause” from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and was wrong when it failed to grant black Americans the right to vote in its Constitution of 1865. Today, South Carolina has shown itself again to be a foe of equality and liberty. We can only hope the rest of our Union will work to expand the definition of marriage include couples of all sexes, genders and orientations.
Washington Post did not publish this letter.