North Carolina Amendement 1 Vote Upsets Jaron Lowenstein
On Tuesday (May 8), voters in North Carolina passed an amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. The gay marriage issue had been passionately debated across the country prior to the vote, and now at least one country star is speaking out about the outcome of North Carolina Amendment 1 -- and he's not happy. Jaron Lowenstein of Jaron and the Long Road to Love posted his thoughts (in great detail) on his Facebook page Wednesday morning.
Hey remember when slavery was such a good idea? Like all those thousands of years ago? Oh... It wasn't thousands of years ago? What do you mean? How is that possible? Are you telling me black people didn't have equal rights as recently at the 60's too? I don't believe it... What's not to believe?!? It's happening again right now. And once again, in only a few years we will look back and point fingers at "others" who believed certain people for whatever rationalized reason didn't deserve the same rights as we perfect, straight white people do. I'm going on record now to be clear that I am NOT one of those "others" so when my kids ask me "dad, were you one of the ignorant?" I can say "check out my facebook timeline dude!" Stay proud North Carolina
Lowenstein, who is typically outspoken about current events, was clearly worked up about the new amendment in North Carolina. So far, fan response to the 'Pray for You' singer's comments has been mostly positive. The pop-country hitmaker further explained that his is not angered by those that voted for the amendment.
"Neutrality is not the middle for all of those sitting this one out," he writes. "Standing by while others are treated unfairly makes you complicit. And I do not hate or even dislike those who disagree with me. But stand and be counted if you do so that history can recognize you."
Approximately 61 percent of North Carolinians voted in favor of Amendment 1. The state becomes the 29th state in the country with constitutional provisions limiting marriage to unions between men and women.