Posted on May 7, 2012 at 5:52 AM
Monday, May 7 at 6:58 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Churches across Charlotte with a position on Amendment One used their last chance Sunday to preach their point of view.
The Unitarian Universalist Church on N. Sharon Amity Road has been a leader in the campaign against Amendment One. During Sunday’s service, Rev. Jay Leach’s sermon focused on how discrimination has been perceived throughout history.
“Exclusion and separation have been written into our history by those professing that such kind of partiality is natural,” said Leach. “In a state now rent asunder by ‘for’ and ‘against,’ at a time when we are living through the latest chapter of abject discrimination, where can we look for good news?”
Fellowship Baptist Church on Albemarle Road said it urged members to vote for the amendment at its Sunday services.
“And we've been doing that now for about two or three weeks, and really encourage our folks,” said Rev. Steve Triplett.
Online, a YouTube channel is filled with videos for and against the amendment. In one from the Catholic Church, Bishop Peter Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte speaks about the importance of marriage.
"The institution of marriage has a very important relationship to the continuation of the human race," he says.
And while Wedgewood Baptist Church on Tyvola Road has been advertising its opposition to passing traffic on its sign, the pastor told NewsChannel 36 Sunday that the Board of Elections has asked the church to take it down before election day.
The church is also a polling site.
“They’re trying to be cautious,” said Rev. Chris Ayers. “So that anyone voting at our site will be welcome and there's no undue pressure on them.”