As North Carolina struggles with high unemployment and a depressed economy aided by the legislature’s budget cuts, they have decided to put a Constitutional amendment on the ballot box opposing same sex marriage. This follows numerous bills to post the ten commandments in public schools and political opposition to anti-bullying laws because they protect young gay and lesbian people from abuse. I have to ask whether we are a democratic republic or a theocracy like they have in the Middle East? I am reminded of the words contained in the Treaty of Tripoli written by George Washington’s administration and signed into law by President John Adams which contains the words, “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”. I wonder which group of North Carolinians in the future will have their rights up for a vote on a ballot?