Reflecting on the Remarkable Faith Organizing in North Carolina
May 9, 2012 by Sharon Groves, Director, Religion and Faith Program
This is a sad day for the citizens of North Carolina and my heart goes out to all those couples, straight and gay, who will be harmed by the passage of this hurtful amendment.
Yet, even with this setback it is crucial to recognize that we are making progress. The coalition developed to oppose Amendment One was unprecedented in North Carolina and will have a rippling effect across the South and indeed the nation. Heartfelt support by Christian faith leaders in both African American and white communities was as expansive as it was deep with nearly 400 clergy leaders signing the petition against Amendment One and thousands organizing in faith communities. The momentum of religious opposition to Amendment One has been growing daily with over 200,000 voters responding to emails from our pastors and over 50,000 viewing pastors' testimonials on the Pastors Against Amendment One website.
Please watch the videos of some of the most powerful faith voices speaking out against Amendment One.
Because of this work and the remarkable faith organizing led by Ryan Rowe, Director of Faith Outreach at Protect ALL NC Families, faith voices are mobilized and ready for the work ahead. Losing is never easy particularly when we weigh the cost to families and children; but because of the faithful work of religious leaders we will live to see a day in North Carolina where “justice flows down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).
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