On the subject of Amendment One, proposed for inclusion in our state’s Constitution, a pastoral letter signed by all three Episcopal bishops in North Carolina concludes with these passages:
Whether we agree or disagree with same sex marriage, civil unions or unmarried couples cohabiting, we can agree as people of faith that, as the book of Genesis says, all human beings are “created in the image of God.” That means that all persons are to be treated with the love, respect and dignity that befit a child of God. Therefore we do not believe that the Bible or the Constitutions of our state and nation should be used to oppress, harm or restrict the human rights and dignity of any human being. On the contrary, Jesus has taught us that the greatest and most important of all the commandments of God are to love God and to love our neighbor.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your strength.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.“ On these two laws hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)
Amendment One falls dangerously short of that standard.
Your Brothers in Christ,
Michael B. Curry
Clifton Daniel III
G. Porter Taylor