Another harmful effect of the legislation would be the message it would send to children. We often forget that people discover their sexuality as young, vulnerable children - regardless of whether they are gay or straight. For children who are discovering they are gay, think about the message they are getting from people who are advocating that the government refuse to allow them the same rights their parents have. When I read the "frequently asked questions" sections of the web sites of groups supporting the amendment, including Vote for Marriage NC, they don't even address this issue. They can't. It renders their position indefensible. And I suppose that is why I have not received responses from the group's leader, nor the legislators to whom I have posed the question, "How would you feel knowing the confusion and loneliness and perhaps desperation your children would feel, knowing that there were organizations of people working hard to deny them the same rights you have and most people take for granted?"
Thank you for your coverage of this important issue. I hope you will include the effect it is having on children in your future coverage.
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