A Chorus of the North Carolina Faithful Make Their Voices Heard
September 12, 2011 by Karin Quimby, Regional Field Director
This week the legislature plans to vote on the Anti-LGBT Constitutional amendment bills. So, on Sunday and Monday, hundreds of faith leaders are speaking out in a full-page letter to the North Carolina legislature appearing in the Asheville, Wilmington and Raleigh papers that states: “As people of faith, we, the undersigned, urge the North Carolina State Legislature to protect all families in North Carolina by opposing the constitutional amendment on marriage.” Signed by over 250 clergy, this letter provides witness to the rising multitude of faith voices from many faith traditions willing to speak out on the side of love.
North Carolina clergy will also lead 11 prayer vigils around the state on Monday, calling on the North Carolina legislature to oppose these bills that seek to harm our families and to enshrine discrimination into the North Carolina Constitution.
Nearly five hundred faithful North Carolinians have also signed onto a statement that says: “As people of faith, clergy and leaders in our faith traditions, we are mandated by God to demonstrate and protect love in all its forms and to stand for justice for all creation.” This letter will be delivered to each and every North Carolina legislator on Monday morning so they understand that there is a growing and dynamic chorus of faith voices calling on them to practice the principal of loving their neighbors by ensuring that they have the same basic rights and protections that every other North Carolinian enjoys.
While the Family Research Council and others have staged a last-minute effort to incite bigotry and hatred in the name of God, targeting especially members of the Black Caucus, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of NC NAACP, just released a fair-minded letter in strong opposition to the anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment. He calls on the legislature not only to reject this amendment, but “any other present or future proposals of constitutional amendments that would permanently deprive any person in our great state of his or her inalienable rights.”