EPISCOPAL BISHOPS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA SIGN JOINT STATEMENT AGAINST AMENDMENT ONE
The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Diocese of North Carolina; the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, III, Diocese of East Carolina; and the Rt.
|What is Amendment One?The North Carolina Marriage Amendment will appear on the May 8, 2012 ballot in the state of North Carolina as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.
The measure would define marriage in the state constitution as between one man and one woman, and would ban any other type of “domestic legal union” such as civil unions and domestic partnerships.
Rev. G. Porter Taylor, Diocese of Western North Carolina; co-authored the joint letter to provide context for their stance against the amendment, and to encourage clergy to study what they see as likely impacts should the amendment pass. This letter received the support from the Assistant and Assisting Bishops in the Diocese of North Carolina, the Rt. Rev. William O. Gregg and the Rt. Rev. Alfred “Chip” Marlble.
“We oppose Amendment One because the love of God and the way of love that has been revealed in Jesus of Nazareth compels us to do so. We oppose Amendment One because every time we baptize someone in The Episcopal Church, the entire congregation vows to ‘strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.’* We oppose Amendment One because it is unjust and it does not respect the dignity of every human being in the State of North Carolina. If passed, it will harm not only law-abiding gay and lesbian citizens but other men, women and innocent children in our state,” reads one excerpt from the letter.
Nationally, the Episcopal Church is on record in support of measures that extend equal benefits and protections to gay and lesbian couples and against any state or constitutional amendments that prohibit same-sex civil marriage or civil unions. The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina echoed that stance during its 196th Annual Convention in January.