The House passed S870 Monday night by a vote of 79-33. The bill, which was sponsored by Cary Republican Sen. Richard Stevens, orders a commission to study ways to make the General Statutes and the North Carolina Constitution gender neutral.
The General Statutes Commission an advisory panel of law experts, would study ways to remove the gender-specific “he” from state law. Rep. Deborah Ross cited the North Carolina Constitution as prime for revision, arguing, “the governor is referred to as ‘he’ throughout the entire constitution, the governor is female right now.” Gov. Beverly Perdue is indeed female and appears no less able to discharge her duties because of the word ‘he.’ Changing the language is a purely symbolic measure to attain political correctness and reflects an underlying agenda to make the world gender-neutral. Any form of gender specificity is declared sexist, chauvinistic and frankly, intolerable. Today’s laws want to reflect this new world where it no longer matters if a person is male or female.
However, it still matters. There is an inherent and biological difference between men and women that shouldn’t be clouded or forgotten; gender differences should be celebrated. This bill strives to hide gender by using the ambivalent “governor” when it could include both genders by stating “he or she.” As laws strip away gender identity they corrode a core part of society—the power of man and woman.