Exhibit A why omitting who is the direct target of Amendment One is a folly — it needs to be out of the shadows — the supporters of bigotry have no problem targeting the LGBT community and aren’t afraid to say why. Bishops Peter Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte and Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh have continued to sell out principle, trying to confuse people that this is a vote about marriage equality — and thus the apparent end of civilization — but they really do love the gays.

This is pure homophobia that continues to conflate church and state matters. Via TPEquality, with video from the Marriage: Unique for a Reason web site:

JUGIS: Same-sex unions are unable to realize the unique and full potential that a traditional marriage relationship expresses… The Church’s position on traditional marriage is not an instance of discrimination or animosity towards homosexual persons. Marriage is based on natural law, a law that can never be changed; therefore, there will be boundaries that cannot be modified. At the same time, in light of our belief in the inherent dignity of every person without exception, individuals and society must respect those with a homosexual orientation.

BURBIDGE: Catholics belief that the Church has the authority, the obligation, the Gospel mandate, to affirm these authentic teachings and to preserve and foster the supremely sacred value of marriage in our society… Our beliefs are principled ones, divinely revealed, and to be regarded seriously in any consideration of marriage and family life.

Really now? What”divinely revealed” moral standing does the Church have these days given its pedophile priest protection problem? The church should make better use of its resources on that front. But that doesn’t stop Bishops Peter Jugis and Michael Burbidge.

And the fact is that this amendment has nothing to do with procreation or religious marriage, but these are the only pitiful tricks in their bag of bigotry that they are selling. Pope Benedict sees marriage equality as a threat to the “future of humanity itself,” yet North Carolina isn’t even considering marriage equality, this is about stopping an amendment that prevents any legal recognition (civil unions or domestic partnerships) at all for same-sex couples at any point in the future.

Did I mention that Marriage Unique for a Reason is a project of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s (USCCB)? Guess who heads that up — homophobe extraordinaire Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

I see this intervention by the Catholic Church as a sign that the professional anti-LGBT crowd is worried we might defeat this ballot initiative.