CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Leaders in Gaston County are scheduled to hear a resolution opposing LGBT marriage equality and the continued defense of North Carolina’s anti-gay marriage amendment at their meeting this Thursday.
The resolution, presented by Commissioner Jason Williams, says the county board ” steadfastly upholds the sanctity of marriage and shall continue to oppose efforts by any court or legislature to legalize same-sex marriage.”
The resolution also “encourages all those that recognize the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman as the only valid domestic legal union recognized in this state, to voice their opposition to this ruling,” and voices support for Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis’ and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger’s continued efforts to appeal decisions last month opening legal marriage to same-gender couples in North Carolina.
Local LGBT advocates in Gaston County said they are disappointed in the proposed resolution in a statement Tuesday morning.
“The LGBT Democrats of Gaston County strongly disapprove of our elected County Commission using tax payer time and resources to voice opposition to our federal court system which has ruled Amendment One unconstitutional,” the group’s president, Robert Kellogg, wrote.
Kellogg said the resolution is “divisive decree” aimed at “alienating and marginalizing” LGBT people and their families. It is based, he said, in “personal bias. Commissioners are using it to spread “their own personal brand of moral authority than governing in the best interest of the citizens of Gaston County.”
Kellogg added: “We will continue to advance the cause of liberty and justice for all people as well as advocate for the equality of the LGBT community. They may want us to go away, but Gaston County is our home too and we will not be silenced by those who were elected to represent ALL the citizens of Gaston County.”
Two years ago Gaston County commissioners had passed another resolution supporting the passage of the amendment when it was on the ballot.