The state of North Carolina has reached an impassable crossroad that so many other states in our nation have also come to in recent years. The demand for us to define or redefine the meaning of marriage has arrived at the royal steps of the Queen City.
Before we go any further, let’s be clear about what Amendment One actually says –
Sec. 6. Marriage.
“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.“
“The measure would define marriage in the state constitution as between one man and one woman, and would ban any other type of "domestic legal union" such as civil unions and domestic partnerships.
Same-sex marriage is already illegal in the state of North Carolina. The proposed measure, however, would add the ban to the state constitution.
The language that voters will see on the ballot reads:
“Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” (Ballotpedia.com)
An article by Sharon Smith, weekend reporter for WBTV stated that –
“The proposed constitutional amendment would make marriage between one man and one woman the only legally recognized union in North Carolina.
The latest Public Policy Poll shows support is waning, but that most voters still support the amendment. The Poll found 54-percent of voters still support the amendment, while 40-percent said they would vote against it.
Those numbers show a shift in momentum, as six months ago 61-percent of potential voters supported the proposed amendment.” (Sharon Smith, WBTV)
Karissa Minn of the Salisbury Post.com wrote an article outlining the possibly legal ramifications of vote for and against the Amendment –
“According to Public Policy Polling, 34 percent of likely primary voters in North Carolina aren’t sure what Amendment One does.
The main text is only two sentences long, but it has raised a lot of questions. Here are some facts and legal predictions that answer some of the most common ones.
What does the full amendment say?
“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.
This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”
Voters will be asked if they are “for” or “against” it on the May 8 primary ballot.
What will happen if the amendment fails?
Same-sex marriage will remain illegal under a 1996 North Carolina law. Civil unions still will not be offered to either same-sex or opposite-sex couples, but the state could pass a law to allow them.
There will be no constitutional ban on either gay marriage or civil unions, meaning a state court could one day strike down existing law as unconstitutional.
What will happen if the amendment passes?
It will be added to the state Constitution, meaning a three-fifths majority of state legislators would have to agree to repeal it.
The amendment would prohibit both same-sex marriage and civil unions, or legal unions with equivalent rights to marriage.
How would it affect unmarried couples who live together?
Legal experts disagree, because it would be up to the courts to interpret the amendment.
Holning Lau and Maxine Eichner, law professors at UNC Chapel Hill, say private businesses could still provide domestic partner insurance benefits to employees, but local and state governments could not.
They also say North Carolina couldn’t grant domestic partnership protections in the future.
The courts could decide that the state can’t recognize rights based on unmarried couple relationships, Lau said, including:
• Domestic violence and stalking protections.
• Child custody and parenting protections.
Lau said the amendment also could prevent the state from adding protections for unmarried partners, including rights to:
• Make emergency medical decisions for their partner.
• Visit their partner in the hospital.
• Decide what happens to their partner’s remains.
But Campbell law professors Lynn Buzzard, William Woodruff, and Gregory Wallace say these predictions won’t happen.
“The proposed amendment ... would allow legal benefits for unmarried opposite-sex or same-sex couples, so long as those couples are not treated as having a legal status resembling marriage,” they said in a Wednesday press release.
The Campbell professors say people don’t have to be married or in a “marital-like union” to be protected by domestic violence laws in North Carolina. They can be household members, couples who live together or even dating couples.” (Karissa Minn, Salisbury Post.com)
No doubt you have seen commercials, been asked to support one opinion or another or even been bombarded with information, pamphlets, flyers, and speeches regarding Amendment One.
Ultimately, the choice is yours to make either for or against the Amendment, but if you are a Christian, you should not be swayed by lobbyists, allegations of discrimination, sob stories, misleading claims that it will take insurance away from needy children, or any other political ploy.
You must be guided by the unchanging, unshakeable, unremoveable Word of Almighty God.
We as Christians need to vote on Amendment One, but we don’t need to take any sides – our side has already been determined. We must be on the same side as the Captain of the Host of the LORD’s army in Joshua chapter 5, verse 14.
We must be on the LORD’s side – and no other!
We as Christians must be compelled to do what the LORD has said. For Christians, this should not be an argument about equality for gays and lesbians or their right to marry. For Christians, this should not be an argument at all.
No, rather, this is about whether or not we will be obedient to what the Scripture says in its entirety - not in partiality.
In other words, we must stand either for ALL that the Scriptures say or else we must stand for NONE of what they say.
The same Bible that says “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son and whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16), also says “You shall not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is abomination to God.” (Lev. 18:22).
The same Bible also reads, “For you know this, that no fornicator, or unclean person (sexually immoral), or covetous one (who is an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Eph. 5:5 MKJV).
God has declared the parameters of His handiwork –
Gen 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Mat 19:4 And He answered and said to them, Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning "made them male and female",
Mat 19:5 and said, For this cause a man shall leave father and mother and shall cling to his wife, and the two of them shall be one flesh?
Mat_19:6 Therefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.”
God has spoken and His Son has confirmed it – marriage is between male and female.
Not male and male, not female and female, not male living with female outside of marriage.
Rom 1:24 “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves.
Rom 1:25 For they changed the truth of God into a lie, and they worshiped and served the created thing more than the Creator, Who is blessed forever. Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this cause, God gave them up to dishonorable affections (homosexuality, lesbianism). For even their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature (lesbianism).
Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another; males with males working out shamefulness (homosexuality), and receiving in themselves the recompense which was fitting for their error.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not think fit to have God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do the things not right,”
On May 8th (or now through the 4th for early voting), the Christian community of Charlotte and all across North Carolina should be able to adhere to what ALL of God’s Word has to say, not only portions of it.
Frankly, I believe that we are ALL indeed equal and under other circumstances, I would not care who marries who - but who am I in the presence of an Almighty God?
Which one of the Commandments did God ask Moses his opinion about? None!
I know that this article will certainly infuriate those readers who are voting against this Amendment and it is not my intention to stir your anger.
It is not my intention to see any family suffer because of this Amendment.
My intention is only to speak that which The LORD has spoken - nothing else - for I can do no more and I can surely do no less.
The LORD Himself delivered His Word to us and if we truly believe what even one verse of that sacred book says, then we are obligated to believe it in its entirety, whether it suits us or not.
Ephesians 5:15-17 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”