GASTONIA, N.C. -- Some Gaston County commissioners have drafted a resolution saying Gaston County commissioners support Amendment One.
Commissioner Chad Brown said the sign in his yard encouraging people to vote for amendment one is like so many others across the county he serves.
As you ride up and down our streets as you come in here today, you'll see the signs of support, Brown said.
That s why he helped draft the resolution that says Gaston County commissioners support Amendment One, the amendment that rewrites the constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
This is one I support from my biblical stance of my own. It s not anything that carries a church and state event, he added.
But the openly gay head of Gaston County s Democratic Party, Robert Kellogg, said that s just the problem. He says county leaders should not take a public stand on this kind of amendment.
When you re dealing with elected officials, there needs to be some separation between those beliefs and the laws or the proclamations they are trying to make, Kellogg said.
But Brown points out Gaston County is not alone in considering this type of formal statement. More than a dozen other county commissions across the state have already passed similar resolutions supporting amendment one.
It puts us on a slippery slope. If we amend the constitution, who is to say 10 years down the road it s not somebody else s religion, political beliefs, Kellogg added.
The county commission will vote on the resolution on April 26. The referendum is on the May 8 primary ballot.