Should any states constitution promote discrimination based on religion?

Should any states constitution promote discrimination based on religion?

I am sure your answer is no. Then why are there 30 states that have recently added amendments based on religious beliefs alone?

Tomorrow in North Carolina voters will go to the polls and decide if they want to include in their state constitution a ban on same-sex marriage. This ban also includes civil unions and domestic partnerships. The only argument for the ban is based 100% on peoples religious beliefs.

This is not the history of our country. Our country was founded on Freedom of Religion. Many American’s moved to this great country so as to NOT be persecuted based on their religious beliefs. The idea is that people should be able to believe whatever they want, but that those religious beliefs should not be used to condemn their fellow Americans.

Two clauses in the First Amendment guarantee freedom of religion. The establishment clause prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another. It enforces the “separation of church and state.”

When you write a law into the constitution that is based 100% on people’s religious beliefs you violate the very law that this country was founded upon. In essence you are promoting one religion over all others.

Even more clear is the 14th amendment which clearly states “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

This isn’t the first time laws have been enacted based on religious bias. Other laws include, but are not limited to…

The very people who want limited government will be the ones who vote for Government interference based on religious beliefs. Voting yes for Amendment 1 is voting against the U.S. Constitution and voting for discrimination.

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