Article I, Section 1 of the North Carolina Constitution is entitled “The equality and rights of persons” and provides:
We hold it to be self-evident that all persons are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness.
Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution is entitled “Marriage” and sets forth our State’s ban on gay marriage:
Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.
Under our state constitution, gay North Carolinians who seek to marry their partners are not “equal,” to other North Carolinians; do not enjoy the same “liberty” as other North Carolinians and do not have the same ability to engage in the “pursuit of happiness” as their fellow North Carolinians.
This contrast between a promise of equality to all and the denial of it to gay North Carolinians is a monstrous contradiction. The gay marriage ban makes a lie of the promise of equality in our state constitution. The question for North Carolinians now is whether we wish to swelter any longer in the heat of this injustice. We should not and Article XIV, Section 6 of our Constitution must be repealed.