Not sure this is going to go over well in North Carolina.
In fact, I know it's not, judging by some of the comments on this WSOC TV Charlotte news story about a San Diego church's plan to put up a billboard in the city with a message condemning the state's recent passage of Amendment One. That measure, which decrees that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State," enshrined a ban on same-sex marriage in the constitution and potentially threatens the legality of civil unions and other types of domestic partnerships between same-sex couples.
Here's what the San Diego church's billboard says:
Missiongathering Christian Church is sorry for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who denied rights and equality to so many in the Name of God.
This afternoon [May 29, 2012], KQED's Stephanie Martin interviewed Alex Roller, a pastor at Missiongathering Church, about the billboard.
STEPHANIE MARTIN: You're a California church. Why go clear across the country to North Carolina to do something like this?
ALEX ROLLER: North Carolina kind of came to us. When Amendment One passed, images of the Prop 8 billboard began to resurface online. Human Rights Campaign of North Carolina posted the image, and we started getting phone calls and emails from across the country and even from Canada and the UK, thanking us for the message.
And we thought, what if we were able to continue the message we put out there after Prop 8, and to stand in solidarity with LGBT people of North Carolina and straight allies, to say there are people of faith who love and support this community and stand in solidarity with this community and we just want them to know our hearts are with you.
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