In light of the misrepresentations and downright untruths that are being spread about the events of Nov. 15 in downtown Bakersville, I thought I would share some “truths” about the event.
The truth: The N.C. legislature recently voted to allow the voters of the state to amend the state constitution to include a legal definition of marriage. (See the full bill here: http://avl.mx/7r.)
The truth: The newly formed Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance had a meeting on Nov. 15 in the Bakersville Library to discuss LGBT rights and how to defeat the upcoming N.C. Marriage Amendment and how to start GSA groups in the high school. On that same Tuesday evening a group of over 100 people gathered in a peaceful and respectful rally to support traditional marriage and the upcoming vote on the N.C. Marriage Amendment. The group that gathered on the courthouse steps did not engage or interfere with those attending the GSA meeting in any way. We simply prayed, talked amongst ourselves and sang to show our support for traditional marriage. This was absolutely not an “anti-gay” protest as it is being called by some folks with an obvious agenda.
The truth: Contrary to accounts from those in support of the GSA, in our opinion, the only one to show any “intolerance” or “anger” was a local gallery owner and GSA supporter who spent the majority of the evening hounding us with a recording device, agitating people and seemingly trying to provoke angry comments.
The truth: Being tolerant does not mean being submissive or simply acquiescing to those with whom we don’t agree. It is time for those of us who share Christian and/or traditional values to stand up for what we believe in. For too long, the silent majority has stood by as prayer was removed from our schools, abortion was made legal and radical sex education has been pushed onto our children in the public schools.
Our hope is that Nov. 15 was just the beginning of an awakening that will spread across the state and the long-silent majority of North Carolinians will be silent no more! Make sure to vote in favor of traditional marriage on May 8, 2012! (For more about the meeting and rally, visit http://avl/mx/7q.)
— Beth Walker and fellow traditional-marriage rallygoers