As North Carolina Goes . . . . . ?
Our neighbors in North Carolina are facing the same misguided effort to stem the tide of same-gender marriage that we in Virginia faced in 2006. Amendment One, which will be on the ballot on May 8, states, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
Same-gender marriage already is denied recognition in North Carolina by statute. As in Virginia, the effort is to put the provision in the state constitution in order to make it even more difficult to change.
The campaign, pro and con, has been fierce. Observers say that North Carolina voters could defeat the proposal. That would be a wonderful step in the direction that the country is already moving—by stopping one of these continuing efforts to put up further roadblocks to marriage equality.
It is time for us to the north to pray for our neighbors, to pray that all the work by people of faith and others in the Tarheel State leads to defeat of the amendment at the polls. And we also pray that their efforts will bear fruit in changed attitudes among more and more people.
There is one thing that this campaign may already have done. It may cause some to be more careful about how they talk about LGBT youth and others.
Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church of Fayetteville told parents in a Sunday sermon that they should hit their children if they began to act gay.