talkback: Amendment One

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The opposition wants you to think they have registered domain over faith and religion while our Coalition to Protect NC Families has proved them wrong every step of the way. This amendment will affect unmarried families that are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Agnostic, a fact they may have overlooked. Charlotte voters, however, have not.

Many times, LGBT campaigns neglect to reach out to faith organizations and include them in conversations. Under the guiding hand of our Regional Faith Field Organizer, Kelly Berry, we’ve been able to gather the signatures of 28 clergy making statements against the amendment and now they’re putting their faith into action.

Rev. Robin Tanner has led the charge against the amendment on behalf of Piedmont Unitarian Universalists, while Rev. Stephen Shoemaker at Myers Park Baptist has delivered powerful sermons on the subject. Rev. Chris Ayers of Wedgewood Baptist has been openly involved as well, turning their church marquee into an “Against Amendment One” billboard. Temple Beth-El has spearheaded conversations, joining the ranks of Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian, St. Martin’s Episcopal, St. John’s Baptist, Holy Trinity, Charlotte Friends, Sardis Baptist and Unity Fellowship Church. We won’t stop there. We’re going up and down the Beatties Ford Corridor and down to South Charlotte to get even more support.

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This is not an easy topic for any faith to approach, but scripture teaches us to “commit your way to the Lord…He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” With God at their right hand, supporters have not been shaken by the condemnations thrown their way in defense of LGBT rights. We are thankful for every volunteer and every clergy member that has stood in front of their brothers and sisters against this amendment.

As a person of faith, I’ve made it my personal pleasure to show our opposition just how good God is to all families. Please join me in reaching out to your congregation. If you are not sure where your place of faith stands on the issue, make it your business to ask. As a faithful tither, you deserve to know where your rabbi, bishop, pastor and faith instructor stands on Amendment One. Find your congregation’s social justice committee and put it on the agenda during their next meeting. Hang around after Bible study, pull a clergy member to the side and find out if they are aware North Carolina’s constitution could be amended to revoke the rights of too many of God’s people in Charlotte. Ask them to stand beside you and put their faith into action by voting against Amendment One.

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On Sunday, April 29 we are holding a Faith to the Ballot Rally at the Hal Marshall Annex, where supporters of all religious backgrounds will join each other and vote against amendment one. You can meet us there after church at 1 p.m., 618 College St. : :

Ashlei Blue
Regional Field Director for the Coaliation to Protect All NC Families

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One Reply to “talkback: Amendment One”

  1. LOL the Universalist Church is not a real religion. Its more like a hippie commune. As far as the others you mentioned go, they are unique in that the Baptist and Episcopal churches as a whole are still largely in touch with the reality of what their religion teaches and support this amendment.

    But let me say something that may make you feel better – when this amendment passes overwhelmingly on May 8 (between 60-70 percent of the vote), nothing will change. Nothing at all. Nothing is being taken away from gays because no relationship recognition is afforded to them in the first place. 30 other states have passed similar amendments, some broader than this one (like Virginia), and none of the consequences the opposition keeps screaming about have happened. None.

    But guess what? I actually OPPOSE the amendment. I believe it is wrong because I am gay. Which is why the arguments that have been used to defeat it focusing on its broad scope are poorly reasoned. They won’t work. People will ultimately see this as a gay issue, and that’s why you should be talking about gay people and gay families and why they deserve rights, not this “wide-reaching consequences for straight people” crap. Never has worked, never will.

    Its almost insulting that the NO campaign feels as though gay people are not important enough to talk about, as if NC voters can’t be persuaded for those reasons. But they can. And they will have to be, if you ever want same-sex marriages to be legal in this state. Just some advice from someone who knows a great deal about gay-related ballot measures and how they work. Change the arguments.

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