NORTH CAROLINA: Diocesan bishops sign joint statement against ‘Amendment One’

April 24, 2012

[Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina] The three diocesan bishops of the Episcopal Church in North Carolina on April 19  issued a letter to Episcopal clergy across the state outlining their opposition  to Amendment One.

Amendment One, also known as the “marriage amendment,” is a  proposed constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot in North Carolina on May 8. The measure would define marriage as between one man and one woman, and as the only legal domestic partnership recognized by the state.

Bishop Michael B. Curry, Diocese of North Carolina,  Bishop Clifton Daniel, III, Diocese of East Carolina, and Bishop 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.

“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.

Find the letter and other related Amendment 1 resources from the Diocese of North Carolina online here.

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 Diocesan Convention in January.

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