A California church will sponsor a billboard in North Carolina extending an apology to gay and lesbian couples for the state's passage of Amendment One earlier this month.
The billboard, paid for by the San Diego-based Missiongathering Christian Church, will read, "Missiongathering Christian Church is sorry for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who DENIED rights and equality TO so many in the Name of God." It will be displayed on Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte, a route named for the influential pastor who hails from North Carolina. Graham expressed support for Amendment One prior to the statewide vote.
A change to the state constitution that will ensure legal recognition only to marriage between a man and a woman, Amendment One was passed overwhelmingly by North Carolina voters on May 8.