Letters to the Editor

John Hamilton: Civil liberties compromised

Regarding the June 12 news article “N.C. officials now free to avoid gay marriages”: As a 50-year resident of what I thought was a progressive state, I am embarrassed, no, ashamed, that the North Carolina legislature passed such a law as SB 2 and in such a despicable and underhanded manner. This is not how a democracy should operate.

Whatever the merits or deficiencies of the issue, the process pursued by the legislature is reprehensible wherein 10 representatives who could have changed the outcome were absent from the vote. Shame on them.

The action “is a win for anyone who supports religious freedom.” That is nonsense. Indeed, just the opposite.

One person’s religious freedom does not and should not trump the civil liberties of any citizen.

John Hamilton