The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB), the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA),and the Alliance of Baptists have joined together to sponsor a campaign titled “Many voices, One Love” for marriage equality in North Carolina.
Rev. Robin Lunn, AWAB Executive Director stated, “The idea of Many Voices, One Love reminds us that there are many voices speaking to faith, sexuality and gender, each grounded in their local experience and needs. And yet, we desire to speak about the one love that binds us all and inspires us to lift our voices as Baptists who welcome and affirm ALL people. We particularly want to affirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people deserve the same freedoms and responsibilities when it comes to sacred covenants that straight people do. Love is love.”
A launch event will be held on February 25, 2012 at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. The day will focus on defeating an anti-marriage equality constitutional amendment on which North Carolinians will be voting on May 8, 2012. The campaign’s goal is to demonstrate publicly that there is more than one Baptist voice on the issue of marriage equality, to mobilize Baptists in North Carolina who support LGBT equality, and to give those Baptists the tools they need to organize and advocate on this issue in an effective way. Local sponsors include representatives from The Human Rights Campaign, Protect NC Families, and the Faith and Justice Servant Leadership Group of Myers Park Baptist Church.
The event is the first of a larger series of three events focusing on marriage equality in support of North Carolina’s LGBT community in 2012. Each event will be local in flavor and focus but offer an opportunity for anyone interested in marriage equality to dialogue and participate in broader LGBT efforts. Both as Baptists and as members of the broader Christian faith community, attendees will articulate the theological and spiritual grounding in support of equality in a moment when the need to recognize people of all sexual orientations and gender identities is becoming more and more urgent.
GLAAD encourages all those committed to elevating the voices of the LGBT community to demonstrate support for, share, and/or attend this event. For more information on dates, locations, and event content, please visit the website for Many Voices, One Love.