The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s North Carolina chapter strongly condemned Amendment One, an amendment that would define marriage in the state as only between a man and woman, Sunday afternoon.
Rev. William Barber described his opposition to the amendment in a passionate sermon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. Barber was among 100 black clergy figures displaying their united stance against Amendment One.
“I tried to find somewhere where the Lord discriminated against people, even if he didn’t agree with them,” Barber said. “And I found out that God gives every human being certain constitutional rights, that can’t nobody revoke. You know, those rights that just come with being a human. You know, like the one that says that allows to sun to shine on the just and unjust.”
“God gives everybody constitutional rights, to air, and sun, and rain and existence. So your motivation to the polls should be, ‘How dare some human being tried to give folks less rights than God himself? How dare us take our puny little human document and try to write something, an appalling human document, that’s less than God, who made us, does?’ That ought to be your motivation.”
Barber didn’t restrict himself to just Biblical references to chastise Amendment One, which would also ban same sex civil unions and domestic partnerships, to galvanize those against the measure.
“Harriet Tubman got 500 folks out of slavery, and she didn’t have Twitter,” he said. And she didn’t have Facebook. From now to Tuesday, you ought to call everybody you know. From now to Tuesday, you ought to text everybody you know. From now to Tuesday, you ought to email everybody you know. From now to Tuesday, you ought to Facebook everybody you know. From now to Tuesday, you ought to MySpace everybody you know. From now to Tuesday, you ought to tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet.”
Barber and fellow black clergy figures’ opposition to Amendment One in North Carolina contradicts the plan by the National Organization of Marriage to intentionally cause a rift between black and LGBT.
The amendment is on the ballot for the North Carolina primary on Tuesday.
WATCH: Video from Youtube, from May 6, 2012.