North Carolina’s Amendment One Isn’t State’s Only Recent Dark Spot

The Lost Cause remembered in rural Randolph County. Flag and the roof and General Lee painted on the side give no question as to how The South is viewed here along HWY 42. Photo by Donald Lee Pardue.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said the KKK invitation was for a flag-burning. It was for a cross-burning. The story has been updated.

COMMENTARY | CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While there were several topics up for debate during the Tar Heel State’s primary run, the Amendment One controversy held the spotlight. Called the “Marriage Amendment” by the right and the “Anti-Gay Amendment” by the left since its proposal last year, a better name from the start could have been the “Civil Unions Amendment.”

Aside from the more officially documented stigma against the homosexual community, gay North Carolina residents should not experience big changes from the amendment’s admission.

The ones who should expect the greatest impact are the single parents and unmarried couples. For them, securing their children will be much more difficult than before.

While the approval of Amendment One seemed like a huge step backward for the southeastern state, this past week in North Carolina has been disturbing retrospect into some of North Carolina’s darkest points in history.

On Saturday, the Ku Klux Klan hosted a cross-burning in Rockingham County. Residents began receiving fliers for the event weeks prior. According to the fliers, the event would be “whites only” and feature camping, souvenirs and a live country band.

While gay marriage is still unrecognized in North Carolina, whites-only cross-burnings are perfectly legal.

Less than a week prior, Pastor Charles L. Worley of a Baptist church in Catawba County gave a sermon in which he unveiled a solution to gay lifestyles: He would have all homosexual put into concentration camps, isolated from society.

“Have that fence electrified so they can’t get out,” Worley said. “Feed’em and you know what? In a few years, they’ll die out. Do you know why? They can’t reproduce!”

Worley failed to comment on how homosexual individuals were born in the first place — by straight people.

“The gay issue has become the big one, the negative image most likely to be intertwined with Christianity’s reputation,” David Kinnaman said in unChristian.

As the results of the state primaries were announced, I watched as my Christian friends on social networking sites began to splinter. The older believers (ages 30 and up) took to the network feeds to tout their pride for their state’s decision to pass the amendment, while the younger Christians exclaimed their strong discontent with their home state.

Ultimately, it seems inevitable that as the newer generation begins to take over the church, the more tolerant the church will become. Until then, religious institutions in North Carolina are left with an elephant in the room in desperate need of addressing.

Around the same week that Amendment One passed, Obama became the very first president in U.S. history to support gay marriage. While this was a day of celebration for the LGBT community, this not be the smartest decision for a president trying to win the voters in the swing states of Florida, Virginia and North Carolina.

These states were Democratic in 2008. But if these states’ decisions to create amendments banning gay marriage are any indication of future poll results, President Obama may have lost some important ground.


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