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Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the Chatham County Board of Commissioners

I'm going to respectfully disagree that "Howard was correct to support the zoning measure." This particular measure defies any kind of common sense and was pushed through with very little opportunity for public input until it was already essentially a done deal. I agree that some kind of county wide zoning is a good thing, but changing all unzoned areas to 1 acre residential is just plain lazy and irresponsible. Several times I asked why it was done this way. The best answer I could get is that it is for "consistency". I'm not sure why we need this kind of consistency in such a diverse county. At a minimum, shouldn't the watershed around Jordan Lake be zoned as something that prevents development? The Army Corps already forbids building much of anything on their land, so this newfound "consistency" is awfully confusing. Zoning farm land for residential use and then grandfathering the agricultural use is, in my view, a sneaky way of setting the stage for future development.

I may vote for Howard anyway, but I'm sure going to disagree with her position on this issue.

Posted by Monty Brekke on 11/07/2016 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Re: Amendment 1

Rataplan says '"The charge that “domestic unions would be threatened” (you and your honey go to Dillon, S.C., to get married before a justice of the peace) is obviously untrue. Amendment One has no effect on domestic unions (which also could mean common-law marriages). It only addresses non-man-and-woman marriages."

These two statements are false. The amendment DOES, in fact, outlaw all unions other than man-woman marriage. If it passes, there will never be anything like a domestic partnership or civil union for either same-sex or opposite-sex couples (until the amendment is repealed). "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state" means exactly what it says. The key is the four word phrase "ONLY domestic legal union". Except that it will take years of time and plenty of litigation to determine what a "domestic legal union" is.

The part about the private contracts doesn't make much difference at the end of the day. This thing is just plain bad news and will have serious unintended consequences. I'm no lawyer, but I've discussed things like domestic violence protections with people who see this stuff every day and go to court every week, and I understand where the problems are. The claims being made by the opposition are NOT inaccurate as Rataplan says. Look at what's happened with similar amendments in places like Ohio and Michigan.

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Posted by Monty Brekke on 04/30/2012 at 8:30 PM

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