By AMANDA GREENE
Wilmington Faith and Values
On Thursday (Feb. 23), Bishop Michael Burbidge, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, released the second in a series of four planned videos to Catholics in North Carolina. The videos have banners that prompt citizens to vote for a marriage amendment on the May 8 primary ballot. Incidentally, Sunday (Feb. 26) is National Prayer for Marriage Day.
In the video, Burbidge outlined “four core beliefs about marriage, based on church doctrine.” He encouraged Catholics to act on those beliefs. The video was released through Catholic Voice NC, which calls itself “the nonpartisan voice of North Carolina’s bishops.”
Bishop William Barber II, president of North Carolina’s NAACP, speaks out
After an earlier Wilmington Faith and Values article on how the state’s faith-based groups are mobilizing in advance of the marriage amendment vote, I received a response from Bishop William Barber II, the state’s NAACP president.
“It is true the N.C. NAACP is opposed to Amendment 1. But what is important is the context of this position,” he wrote in an email. “Many of the same people trying to codify discrimination and hate in our constitution have also attacked voting rights, economic justice and educational equality and are themselves married to the extreme ultra-right regressive agenda. This cannot be lost in the debate.”
Barber continued to say that since same-sex marriage is already illegal in North Carolina, “we must examine the deeper motives of this extremist agenda and the dangerous legal and social precedents they are attempting to set.”