Church apologizes in North Carolina via billboard

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By Ryan Collett

A California church has created a billboard in North Carolina that reads as an apology to gay North Carolinians.

The billboard, created by Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, reads, “Missiongathering Christian Church is sorry for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who denied rights & equality to so many in the name of God.”

Last month, North Carolina passed Amendment One into its constitution. The amendment officially defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. Missiongathering plans on using the billboard as a public apology for the amendment which was passed by 61% of voters.

The first of the church’s billboards will be placed along Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte. The church is raising money through its page on givimo.com to place more billboards throughout the state. Each billboard costs around $3,000 for four weeks.

In an interview with a local Charlotte news station, Alex Roller, a pastor at Missiongathering spoke about the billboards.

“We thought…to stand in solidarity with LGBT people of North Carolina and straight allies,” said Roller. “And to say if you’re an LGBT person of faith that there is a place for you.”  

Many North Carolina churches promoted the passing of Amendment One, including famed evangelical pastor, 93-year-old Billy Graham.

 

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