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What Goes Into Constitutions Stay There Forever

Jim Burroway

September 13th, 2011

That’s the argument Rep. Henry M. Michaux, Jr. (D) made to the North Carolina General Assembly yesterday before they voted to send a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to the state Senate:

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Don’t put this into a living document. The constitution is a living document. And if you think it’s hard to get something out of that living document, you take a look at the United States Constitution where it says that I am three-fifths of a person. Even though we have had amendments that come along to sort of change that, it still says it in that Constitution. And what you put in a constitution is there permanently. I know you all think you’ve got the votes to do it, but you need to think about what you’re doing and you need to think about the greater good of the people of this state.

Also, lawmakers who approve such an amendment will find their names forever attached to discrimination. Dan Savage has an example of a Presbyterian minister by the name of Thomas W. Miller, whose name is remembered for his religious-based opposition to efforts to prohibit deed restrictions and other forms of discrimination preventing African-Americans from buying or renting a home. I wonder what Miller’s grandchildren think about their grandpa’s legacy?

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Lucrece
September 13th, 2011 | LINK

His grandchildren don’t think anything because hardly anybody bothers to check for “ancient” records, and those who do stumble into a pretty thing called cognitive dissonance. They’ll contextualize the prejudice and not lose one minute of sleep over it.

Not that the dead ever get to see what becomes of their name. What the eyes can’t see, the heart can’t feel.

Paul
September 13th, 2011 | LINK

Should it read deed restrictions in your last paragraph not dead restrictions?

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