Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James confronts our pro-gay rights blogging

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about the undue influence of the religious right on the campaign for an anti-gay marriage amendment in North Carolina. Like clockwork (since the post mentioned gays), I was graced by an e-mail from longtime correspondent and County Commissioner Bill James. Noting that any constitutional amendment in N.C. must be voted on by the citizenry, James commented, “Thankfully, N.C. citizens know right from wrong.”

In response, I asked James if by “know[ing] right from wrong” he meant “not demonizing anyone who doesn't fit into your narrow view of life? Or did you mean not insulting blacks every chance you get?”
In reply — he never fails to reply, believe me — James sent what I thought was an incredible e-mail. He quoted N.C. House Majority Leader Paul “Skip” Stam: “Stam said the amendment ‘protects the children of the next generation.’ From what you ask?” In reply to his own question, he pasted in the photo below, taken for CL at last weekend’s Pride Charlotte Festival.

I then sent a reply (to which I got yet another reply, but don’t worry, this is as far as the tit-for-tat will go), in which I told James what I would tell anyone who had the same reaction to the Pride Fest photo: If you honestly think this guy is a threat, you're even more twisted than I thought.

Meanwhile, the push to pass an amendment to ban something that is already illegal in this state continues. Please be sure to let your representatives know how you feel about the issue.

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