I will just say this to the righteous evangelical Christians of North Carolina who voted for Amendment One:
There is NOTHING and I mean NOTHING, you could have done to discredit your faith more effectively and drive away moderates and progressive seekers. Anybody who thinks or questions? Anyone who feels those for who are oppressed and marginalized in society? If they weren't already there, they are not going to be walking through your doors anytime soon.
In fact, you discredit the entire state. A lot of people up here in Massachusetts thought that North Carolina was basically a progressive Blue State that through some strange mystery of Ice Age glaciation or plate tectonics, got plunked down south of the Mason-Dixon line. The truth is a little more complicated.
At least in Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, and other urban centers, you have your pick of churches that affirm and welcome same-sex couples. If you live in the South, and you belong to an open and affirming faith community (or would like to) now is not the time to be silent. Now is not the time to admit defeat. Now is the time to recruit.
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