WAKE FOREST, N.C. (ABP) – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary devoted a special chapel service March 28 to rally support for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in North Carolina.
Keynote speaker Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, called the upcoming May 8 vote on North Carolina’s marriage amendment “a propitious moment” both as the first of several state ballots taking up the issue this year and in terms of its potential for influencing Supreme Court justices who haven’t made up their mind on the issue of same-sex marriage.
“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.”
Land said the upcoming vote is not a matter of gay rights or “sexual freedom” but religious liberty.
“Make no mistake about it, this is not a debate about live and let live,” he said. “The agenda of the homosexual community is to have their lifestyle and their behavior normalized and have same-sex marriage normalized and to have those who disagree with it to be ostracized on the level of the Ku Klux Klan. That’s their goal. Make no mistake about it.”
“They would consider what I’m saying to you this morning to be hate speech,” Land continued. “If we didn’t have a First Amendment to protect us, at least when we’re in chapel, there could come a time when I could be arrested for just saying what the Bible says about homosexuality.”
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