The Rev. Billy Graham has endorsed a ballot initiative to constitutionally ban gay marriage in his home state of North Carolina. North Carolina already bans same-sex marriages. The amendment would also effectively ban civil unions and domestic partnerships. On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to say that "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State."
Graham's newspaper ad will say: "The Bible is clear—God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment on Tuesday, May 8. God bless you as you vote" (the way I say, and curse you if you do not).
It is sad to see Billy Graham, who has typically stayed out of politics, confirm himself a bigot. He will also find himself on the wrong side of history. Gay marriage is inevitable. North Carolinans might be able to stall marriage equality in their state with a last gasp of bigotry, but they will ultimately fail, and people will one day wonder how they could be so morally backward, just as we currently look at the South before the Civil Rights movement.
To quote another Reverend: "Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." I don't believe this for the same reasons as Martin Luther King, but I have a fundamental optimism that justice, unlike evolutionary biology, does tend to move in an upward trajectory.
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