Pastor Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. proudly told his congregation on May 13th that he had an idea on how to get rid of gays – or as he called them: “queers and homosexuals.”
“Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100-miles long — put all the lesbians in there …do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out… Feed ’em, and you know what? In a few years they’ll die. Do you know why? They can’t reproduce,” Worley said from the pulpit.
Worley didn’t appear to care there was a video rolling in the church at the time. The YouTube count is now just under a quarter of a million views. He launched into his screed from the pulpit in North Carolina after admonishing President Obama for his recent stance on same-sex marriage.
On May 8th, voters in North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Last week in Virginia, the legislature voted down an openly gay man, Tracy Thorne-Begland, for a judgeship. The reason for opposition was explained by Del. Robert Marshall of Prince William.
“Sodomy is not a civil right. It’s not the same as the Civil Rights movement… In late 2011, [Thorne-Begland] was critical of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he criticized our Attorney General simply for explaining what the law of Virginia is with respect to certain protected classes. So he’s gone beyond that. He can be a prosecutor if he wants to, but we don’t want advocates as judges,” Marshall said.
Not that the NAACP needed Worley and Marshall’s help, but the two recent moments of open bigotry towards gays gave their announcement on gay marriage particular power. The Washington Post is also reporting that President Obama may be enjoying a slight uptick in polls over his gay marriage announcement.
Over the weekend, the NAACP officially endorsed gay marriage saying their involvement in the issue was a, “continuation of its historic commitment to equal protection under the law.”
“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the fourteenth amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people,” NAACP President Ben Jealous said. Though some say the NAACP’s move was largely symbolic it’s sure to be viewed as more than that by a gay community that’s still the target of haterade.
The NAACP, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson view the gay marriage issue as another civil rights issue. Worley and Marshall would appear eager to assist them with the PR.
LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE, Politic365 Chief Congressional Correspondent, publishes the blog Crewof42 on the Congressional Black Caucus. She is heard every Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET on WMCS 1290 in Milwaukee on Earl Ingram’s show The Evening Rush as well as on WPFW every Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Washington DC. You can e-mail her at LBurke007@gmail.com follow her on twitter at @crewof42.