I’m so TIRED of hearing the preposterous Bible-based reasons for voting against marriage equality or for amendments to “protect marriage.” This is particularly disgusting when the NOM-based strategy of stirring up socially conservative religious members of the black community against the gay community is used to perpetrate the lie that this is about “religious freedom” being assaulted.

Heaven knows we’re going to see more trash like the message below from Vote for Marriage NC. The poorly-produced video was shot during the Family Research Council-sponsored “Values Bus” tour that rolled into Rev. Patrick Wooden’s school to pimp its message of discrimination and hate by plying kids with candy. Vote For Marriage NC’s video also follows NOM’s game plan, using members of the religious black community uttering faith-based arguments for “preserving marriage.” Of course there’s no mention that the amendment also bans any legal recognition whatsoever for same-sex couples.

One woman in the video said: “The bible says “therefore shall a man leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.” And that’s what I want it to remain — as defined by the God of the Bible. One man, one woman and that’s what marriage should remain.”

Today I came across another perfect rebuttal to the race-baiting, issued by the California NAACP, which opposed Prop 8. Alice Huffman, California State Conference President and Jimmie Jackson, President of the Vallejo Branch stated in an op-ed:

The question of religious beliefs is raised frequently. There is a separation between civil law and religious doctrine. Religious doctrine is sacred and cannot be legislated. While no clergy can be required to perform same-sex marriages, some religious leaders do support same-sex marriages and will perform ceremonies within their faith, along with justices of the peace, judges, legislators, ship captains and others in the secular world.

While our freedom from slavery was a moral issue, we did not win it on moral grounds, but, on legal interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. The VII Amendment of the Constitution clearly states: “To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations …” It is not about the immorality of institutionalized discrimination and the denial of basic civil rights, but because these acts violated the United States Constitution, thus the term “civil rights” apply.

Same-sex partners are members of our community. They are our brothers, sisters, children and friends. God created all of us and they too “are us.”

I have said this time and again – if you folks are going to use the “religious freedom” argument, then you have to take into consideration that your desire is to discriminate also means marginalizing faith communities that want to marry same-sex couples. Whose religious views should prevail? That’s why we have that separation of church and state. [cont’d.]

But NOM and Vote for Marriage NC know this all too well. Playing this craven and grotesque game is how they earn a living.

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Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding