Two updates from two bishops on both sides of North Carolina’s marriage amendment

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.”

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One response to “Two updates from two bishops on both sides of North Carolina’s marriage amendment

  1. I think that the continued intrusion of any church in the matters of a civil nature in this nation is a reason for that church to be denied the tax exemption that they so enjoy! We have a separation of church and state, marriage is a civil matter, and the two should not overlap in any way. Religion in general is intruding into the civil matters of our government much too much, in my opinion and in the opinion of anyone who understands our Constitution, the true intent of our founding fathers, and what equal rights really means!

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