Right-sizing Wade

It’s no secret that we stand strongly against the proposed Defense of Marriage Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, that will be in the state’s May 8 primary election as a voter referendum.

If enacted, it will change our constitution — a document meant to protect the rights of citizens, not limit them — to narrowly define love as proscribed by the state.

It’s a sleazy bit of gamesmanship perpetrated by opportunists and hucksters who just this once, encouraged by a small but vocal group of supporters and buttressed by a false sense of outrage, may have overplayed their hand.

So naturally we applaud the Greensboro City Council’s decision to stand against the proposed amendment, which they did earlier this month.

It was not a unanimous vote. District 1 Councilwoman Dianne Bellamy-Small declined to participate for reasons that remain her own, though by her presence in the room her voice was counted among the ayes. District 5 Councilwoman Trudy Wade was the lone dissenting vote in the final tally — unsurprising, considering her political allegiances, though hypocritical in light of her stated views on personal rights and against government intervention in other matters.

Still, we come to praise Wade, not to bury her. True, we have something of a history with Wade. Though she is an elected official charged with representing the district in which we keep our offices, she generally will not return our phone calls or other correspondence. We’ve found the best — and sometimes only — way to get a quote from her is to approach her in a public place with a pointed question, and even then we have come to expect clipped responses.

But believe it or not, we see her as a decent district rep who keeps an ear to the ground and can be sensitive to the needs of those she represents. We’ve even endorsed her before.

And that’s why we’re not taking her to task for her support of Amendment 1.

By standing alone against the council, Wade manages to stake out ground espoused by those who got her elected, the small but vocal civic-minded folks — not necessarily residents of her district, mind you — who fail to realize that Greensboro, founded by peace-loving Quakers in one of the bluest counties in the state, is now and always will be left of center in most political matters.

But it is undeniable that the city has a vein of extreme conservative thought. And those people deserve representation in the discourse. Whether or not they live in District 5, they have a reliable champion in Trudy Wade — unless she wins her bid for state office in District 27, in which case the zealots may have to make do with a more moderate Republican. YES! Weekly chooses to exercise its right to express editorial opinion in our publication. In fact we cherish it, considering opinion to be a vital component of any publication. The viewpoints expressed represent a consensus of the YES! Weekly editorial staff, achieved through much deliberation and consideration