Unsurprisingly, Southern Baptists have taken to pushing an amendment to the NC constitution to forbid same-sex marriage. Never mind the fact that NC already bans same-sex marriage. Richard Land, head of the SBC’s oddly named Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, had this to say:
Southeastern Seminary rallies support for gay-marriage ban: If the people speak in North Carolina and in the other states and affirm marriage as being between a man and a woman, I believe that it will tip the balance of the Supreme Court to reject trying to foist by judicial imperialism same-sex marriage on a populace that is clearly opposed to it,” Land said. “If we lose, they will exercise their judicial imperialism. That’s what’s at stake, and you’re first up.
First, so much for the separation of church and state. It is nothing new that religious conservatives have been trying (often successfully) to legislate doctrine and tear down the wall of separation, though Land disagrees with this assessment. Second, if I follow Land’s logic that means that if the voters of NC accept a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, then the supreme court following them would be appropriate, but if the voters of NC vote down a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and the supreme court follows them, then this is somehow “judicial imperialism.” That makes sense. Not.
There are more than a few reasons I wish I still lived in NC, but this ranks toward the top. Were I still in NC I would make sure that I voted against a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. I hope that those of you who do live in NC will vote in my place and stand for equality and against discrimination.