Opponents of Amendment One pledge to fight on

May 9, 2012 9:00:00 PM PDT
The Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh held a prayer service for opponents of Amendment One Thursday evening.

People gathered to reflect on Amendment One's passage and join each other in a message of hope. Members of the church, some of them gay, turned to their religion for comfort. They pledge to continue their fight for equality. They said the passage of Amendment One, which banned gay marriage, is a step backwards.

"I'm very embarrassed. I'm very ashamed for North Carolina," said one speaker.

The prayer service attracted people like Jon Broyhill.

"We worked so hard. And it's nice to be around so many other people who are hurting and grieving just like I am," said Broyhill.

However, many people like Seth Keel said they've been inspired to work harder in the face of discrimination.

"To have the state tell you you are less then and tell you who you can love is kind of a slap in the face," said Keel.

Other Christians saw the passage of the amendment differently.

"We didn't do anything illegal.  We didn't break any laws," said Rev. Patrick Wooden, with the Upper Room Church of God. "We went to the polls. People voted and that's the process time will pass, and anger will abate and people will go back to living their lives."

One thing is clear, Amendment One has become much more than only a religious issue, but now a social issue attracting attention from across the nation.

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