Bill Stevenson is one of six North Carolina magistrates who have resigned rather than perform same-sex weddings since the 4th Circuit Courts ruled in favor of marriage equality in Virginia.
In an interview, Stevenson said:
“I prayed about it; I asked for wisdom. I think our hearts have been led away by the cares of the world, our desires, and ultimately, our intense arrogance – our hubris – against the Lord. We’ve rejected the prime authority of the scriptures, something our Nation’s Founding Fathers, such as John Adams, knew better than to do.
“In both the Old and New Testaments, homosexuality is something the Lord does not approve of, and since He doesn’t, I could not put the sanction of the state on a relationship that runs afoul of scripture.
“I hate to wax it so biblical but it says ‘what good is it for a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul’? So, that’s the stakes I put on this.”
North Carolina is under the jurisdiction of the 4th Circuit, so the ruling becomes controlling precedent for the whole Circuit. And performing weddings is part of the magistrates’ job as a public servant.
What I never seem to understand when folks are this deeply religious – but NOT homophobic they tell you – is why aren’t they so devoutly upset about folks eating shellfish? Or folks wearing clothes out of mixed fibers? Or stoning folks to death who “labor on the Sabbath?”
Why is it only marriage equality that gets them sooooooo upset that they make such public statements?
Why? Because gay.