The author, Peter McClelland, argues that true conservatives ought to vote against that notorious bit of church-before-state constitutional over-reach known as "Amendment One," which would in effect hang a pink star around the necks of North Carolina's gay citizens.
Amendment One appears "to threaten individual liberty," writes McClelland, "and exemplifies a government overstepping its bounds, which should trouble any conservative that prizes freedom and limited government."
We feel McClelland's pain over the stubborn obtuseness of his elders in the NC Republican Party:
It is a bit shocking how conservative politicians portray themselves as ardent defenders and proponents of the United States’ Federal Constitution only to betray its principles when it is politically popular with their [religious] base. The simplest Constitutional argument against this change to our state’s constitution is that the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the US guarantees that, “No State shall… deny to any person within its jurisdiction equal protection of the laws.”
McClelland goes on at some length about this "abomination" (yes, he uses that word), and his outcry might be a warning shot that the old bigots warming those seats in the NC General Assembly have lost touch with their own offspring.
Meanwhile ... the beat goes on, with another new Republican member of the General Assembly calling for the public hanging of abortion doctors.