Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Moment of Sobering Reality

We here at Room 209 Gaming would like to take a brief break from discussing our upcoming tabletop RPG to speak about something that is very close to our hearts as a North Carolina-based business.  Specifically, we would like to talk about the upcoming vote on May 8th, 2012 about Amendment One.

For those of you who are not familiar with Amendment One, click here for a Ballotpedia article about it.  In short, Amendment One would be an amendment to the State Constitution of North Carolina specifically to ban all legal recognition for domestic unions that are not marriages between a man and a woman.  This would include unmarried heterosexual couples as well as the amendment's true target, homosexual couples.  It has the potential to strip unmarried partners across the state of health insurance, domestic violence protection, and potentially even the right to visit a loved one in the hospital.

All because some people are offended by the idea of gayness.

This idea is unconscionable to us.  Not because of the sloppy language of the proposal taking a shotgun approach to an idea that is already decades past its time, but because we have friends and family who are gay.  People whom we love, and respect.  People who are, first and foremost, people.

A friend of mine told me the other day, and here I'm paraphrasing, "We should not put the human rights of minorities up to a vote.  We're supposed to protect those rights."  And of course, he was profoundly correct.  Because gay people are still people, they are still human beings, and they still have inalienable human rights.  Just like black people and women before them.

I should have thought that the twentieth century would have taught us that people will not be denied their rights--that they will fight for those rights, and they will win.  It seems that some people have chosen to ignore that lesson.

Those of you who have not, we invite you to please join us, if you are a North Carolina citizen of voting age, in voting against Amendment One on May 8th, 2012.  It is antithetical to our ideals as a company, to our ethics as caring human beings, and to our morals as members of a civilized society.

Thank you.

Bryan Richard Shipp
Sarah Perry-Shipp
Ray Watters

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