People of Faith Rally to Defeat the Anti-LGBT Amendment in North Carolina
June 28, 2011 by Karin Quimby, Political & Education Director, Project One America
HRC joined the Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Standing on the Side of Love” Campaign, Faith in America, Time Out Youth, and Equality North Carolina in sponsoring a huge faith-based rally in Charlotte, North Carolina last week. It just happened to be on the same day that New York passed marriage equality. Thousands of people of many faiths marched from the Convention Center to Marshall Park in protest of the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment pending in the North Carolina legislature that could ban marriage and other relationship recognition for same-sex couples.
As the Rev. Jay Leach of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte said the day after the event, “Combined with the news from New York, it was a wonderful day to read the paper here. Has there ever been a larger LGBTQ rally in the state of North Carolina?”
Those in the North Carolina legislature should pay attention to a couple of things as they weigh whether to put the rights of a minority up for a majority vote in 2012. They might note that poll after poll shows a growing and decisive trend across the United States in support of equal rights for LGBT people, including marriage equality. A majority of those in the New York legislature listened to their constituents and cast votes of conscience and courage in extending civil rights for gays and lesbians last Friday. The North Carolina legislature should do the same by killing these bills aimed to enshrine discrimination in the state constitution.
And, they ought to listen to ALL of their faith-based constituents—thousands of whom were at the Charlotte rally voicing their support for equality for lesbian and gay North Carolinians, including Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, Jews, those belonging to the United Church of Christ and many other denominations. They are indeed standing on the side of love, and we thank you for speaking out for our families, our children, our neighbors and our friends.
Please join our campaign! HRC has joined Equality North Carolina’s campaign to defeat this anti-LGBT marriage amendment that will be considered in a special legislative session in September. Time is short. We need your help. If you are a person of faith, please contact HRC-ENC faith organizer, Ryan Rowe at email@example.com to learn how you can join our campaign. If you can join us for a canvass, phone bank or other volunteer work, please contact: Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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