State Sen. James Forrester, a sponsor of a proposed amendment to the North Carolina constitution that would ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partner benefits, called Asheville a “cesspool of sin” in remarks at a Gaston church last night, according to a report in the Gaston Gazette.
Forrester, a Republican whose district includes parts of Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, was trying to rally support for the amendment.
“The topic of larger cities in North Carolina was briefly discussed and how residents of those areas would vote on the amendment,” the report reads. “Forrester mentioned the Charlotte metropolitan area and Chapel Hill. He then called the city of Asheville ‘a cesspool of sin’ and said if he was a homosexual, he’d ‘target’ North Carolina to practice homosexual ‘mischief’ because there is no constitutional law prohibiting it.”
The main sponsor of the proposal in the Senate, the report also quotes Forrester as declaring, about LGBT people, that “‘We need to reach out to them and get them to change their lifestyle back to the one we accept.”
To get on the ballot for the 2012 election, the amendment needs to pass both the state House and Senate by three-fifths. The governor cannot veto such a proposal.
— David Forbes, senior news reporter