The editorial board of the Raleigh News & Observer weighs in on Thursday’s arrest of three gay activists who burst onto the floor of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
They write, in part:
They also escalated a tactic that’s been used before in the current legislative session. Twice, protesters in the visitors galleries have interrupted business on the floor. One of those incidents, late last month, led to the arrest of the NAACP’s state president. Taking protests to the chamber floor intensifies the potential for confrontation. It vents anger and frustration but otherwise accomplishes nothing.
There are countless reasons why many North Carolinians are upset with the current, Republican-controlled General Assembly. GOP-backed bills calling for a constitutional amendment to bar gay marriage or domestic partnerships certainly rank near the top of that list. Such an amendment, limiting citizens’ rights, would be unwise and unhelpful. But if it is to be defeated, it will have to be by winning arguments and gaining votes, not by outshouting people or shutting down the legislative process.