That has been their modus operandi since the beginning, but now they have stooped exceedingly low.
Legendary pastor Billy Graham has endorsed Amendment One in full page ads set to appear in 14 newspapers across the state:
“At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage,” the national religious leader says. “The Bible is clear — God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote FOR the marriage amendment on Tuesday, May 8.”
I mean no disrespect to Rev. Graham, but it disappoints me that he is lending his name and reputation to this deceptive campaign. His statement is deliberately simplistic and ignores several issues, including the fact that Amendment One is not a Biblical issue and that marriage equality is already outlawed in North Carolina.
However, I would prefer to give him the benefit of the doubt. I personally don’t believe that he would endorse Amendment One if he was educated on the realities of what would happen should it pass.
Legal experts across the state, even those who are conservative, have spoken out against Amendment One, calling it extreme because it “threatens a range of other protections for unmarried partners and their children, including domestic violence protections and child custody law.”
University of North Carolina law professor Maxine Eichner, during a recent press conference on Amendment One, said:
. . . as indicated in the “Statement from Family Law Professors,” which was signed by family law professors from every law school across the state, every one of us believes that the Amendment One threatens domestic violations protections for unmarried couples, whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex.
I sincerely doubt that Rev. Graham would knowingly endorse something which could harm not only children, but also women trapped in domestic violence relationships.
I also sincerely doubt that Rev. Graham would endorse Amendment One had he known the parties involved in its attempted passing, included:
- An organization (The National Organization for Marriage) which unashamedly uses a strategy deliberately dividing the black and gay communities, a strategy so heinous that the NC NAACP has come out strongly against Amendment One,
- A pastor, Patrick Wooden, who spread foul sexual lies about the gay community in order to get voters on Amendment One’s side,
- A Neo-Nazi group which has also endorsed Amendment One,
- And the amendment itself, which was allegedly written to protect the white race.
Rev. Graham, these are the people on your side, sir. And maybe it’s just me but there is something really, really wrong with that.
There is a saying that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” and it is very apt here. Rev. Graham’s supposed “good intentions” in endorsing this sham of an amendment would definitely send innocent North Carolinians down a road to hell paved with harmed children, damaged domestic violence laws, racism, and the stigmatization of the state’s gay community.
I know in my heart that this is not the future he intends for North Carolina.