I am a firm believer in the notion that the will of the people shall be the rule of law. Yesterday, a majority of voters in the State of North Carolina voted to amend their state's constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Personally, I believe that the people of North Carolina have been misguided into voting for an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that will bring unintended consequences to the State of North Carolina. North Carolinians who voted for Amendment One will, at some point in the future, sadly regret having voted for it. The same "job creators" conservatives talk highly about may not want to set up shop in North Carolina because some of those "job creators" offer benefits to same-sex couples. Also, it is likely that the State of North Carolina will have to defend this amendment in court numerous times, potentially costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
Also, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are just as part of society as heterosexual people. They shop at the same stores as heterosexual people. They eat at the same restaurants as heterosexual people. They drive on the same roads and highways as heterosexual people. They live in the same communities as heterosexual people. To supporters of Amendment One, you can vote down the rights of the homosexual minority, but you cannot vote them out of society.
Several hours ago, the campaign to defeat Amendment One in North Carolina came to an end. However, the movement for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people will not simply go away. The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die!