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Faith Leaders Speak Out Against NC’s Amendment 1 (VIDEO)

Faith Leaders Speak Out Against NC’s Amendment 1 (VIDEO)


A coalition of religious voices is speaking out against North Carolina’s Amendment 1 that goes to the ballot on May 8.

Despite North Carolina already having a statutory ban on same-sex marriage, the state’s religious conservatives have pushed for a ballot measure to write that ban into the state’s constitution, saying that religious freedom and the welfare of children is at stake. The ban would not only outlaw same-sex marriage, but all marriage-like partnerships including opposite sex domestic partnerships.

Below is a video by Protect All NC Families in which a group of religious leaders speak out on why they believe their faith demands that they oppose this amendment, citing how the overreaching ban could harm children by blocking access to health care funds and leaving non-married couples vulnerable, while same-sex couples could potentially lose spousal health care and partner visitation rights, among a host of other issues.

Polls suggest that support for Amendment 1 has fallen dramatically over the past few weeks with a sizable proportion of voters still undecided on the measure.

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1:51PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Amendments should not poise on religious values but rather support them.

Huber F.

10:46AM PDT on May 11, 2012

It's good to hear true Christians finally speaking out.

Don't be a hypocrite "You strain out a gnat and swallow a camel." ~ Jesus

Regardless of how the vote went, it makes me happy to see and hear this.

7:03AM PDT on May 3, 2012

Let's hope that at least some of the Christians who have been caught up in the extremist fanaticisms of recent years will hear and be moved by this more compassionate, rational, inclusive Christian message.

2:03PM PDT on May 2, 2012

How needed was that? To see religious leaders concerned with their community as a whole - not just their congregation but their community, not just those who fit the mold but the whole community, and not the politics of the thing but the well-being of everyone who has ever parented a child or buried a love one. I feel refreshed!

4:38AM PDT on May 2, 2012

The religious conservatives are proof of the ignorance of conservatives and a great argument that freedom FROM religion is every bit as important as freedom OF religion.

5:03PM PDT on May 1, 2012

Nice to hear that some Christians are trying to walk the talk.

3:53PM PDT on May 1, 2012

This is a very beautiful and spiritual emergence of the more compassionate element of Christianity to stand up for people and family in a way that Christ would agree with. It does my heart good the see this video.

12:38PM PDT on May 1, 2012

It is good to hear reason among some religious minds and hearts, downright refreshing.

It is a shame that the ultra orthodox religious right is trying to rule this country by getting treasonous legislators to pass these laws. Yep you read that right treasonous legislators? That’s my term now for these ultra right-wing and religious right-wing legislators, officials and justices. Treasonous because they go against everything written in our Constitution and the Republic our Founders gave us. Those who do not believe in human rights commit treason. Those who do not believe in voters’ rights and workers’ rights commit treason. Those who do not understand that our Founders gave us the Separation of Church and State commit treason. Those who would trash by amending our Constitution or State Constitutions for the sole purpose of taking away freedoms commit treason. Is it a far-fetched idea…maybe; but that doesn’t make it untrue.

11:21AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Same as John....

11:01AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Hooray! At last some religious leaders are speaking out for equal rights! Maybe this will find put an end to homophobia.

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