I thought I’d heard all the baseless, lie-filled, hateful right-wing arguments against marriage equality — It’s unnecessary because homosexuality is a choice. The Bible/God/”natural law” opposes it. Children deserve and do better with opposite-gender parents. It will force the indoctrination of kindergarteners. It will lead to communist dictatorship and men marrying children and animals.
Not so. Blogger extraordinaire Pam Spaulding reported this morning on remarks made by Jodie Brunstetter, the wife of North Carolina State Senator Peter Brunstetter, that offered another disgusting distortion. Brunstetter authored Amendment One, the marriage discrimination amendment that will go before the voters in the Tar Heel State later this month, and according to his wife, he wrote it — get this — “to protect the Caucasian race.”
Spaulding quotes an article about Chad Nance, a freelance journalist in North Carolina:
Nance said he recorded a conversation with the woman, whose name is Jodie Brunstetter, on video, and that she confirmed that she used the term “Caucasian” in a discussion about the marriage amendment, but insisted that otherwise her comments had been taken out of context by other poll workers.
…Nance paraphrased the remarks, as told to him by those who were present [emphasis added]: “During the conversation, Ms. Brunstetter said her husband was the architect of Amendment 1, and one of the reasons he wrote it was to protect the Caucasian race. She said Caucasians or whites created this country. We wrote the Constitution. This is about protecting the Constitution. There already is a law on the books against same-sex marriage, but this protects the Constitution from activist judges.”
Nance said he recruited a friend, who works for the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families, to witness his interview with Jodie Brunstetter. He said Brunstetter reluctantly acknowledged that she had used the term “Caucasian” and then repeated the statement previously attributed to her, but substituted the pronoun “we” for “Caucasian. Nance said Brunstetter insisted there was nothing racial about her remarks, but could not explain why she used the term “Caucasian.”
There is truly no depth to which anti-LGBT bigots won’t stoop in order to deny loving same-sex couples the right to marry. Utterly reprehensible.