By: RICHARD GOULD
Hickory Daily Record
May 01, 2012
HICKORY NC — Mitchell Gold, owner of the Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams furniture company in Taylorsville and an outspoken advocate for gay rights, came to meet Dr. William J. Barber II when the Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina came to town Tuesday.
He said he skipped a meeting with a customer in order to deliver a simple message.
“I want to applaud the NAACP and Dr. Barber for their commitment against Amendment One,” Gold said.
He explained that intolerance about sexual orientation compounds the problem of American poverty.
“When homosexual teens are thrown out of their homes, they’re forced into poverty, drug addiction and alcoholism,” Gold said.
Barber comes from a tradition of evangelical Pentecostalism, a group not known for liberal views on homosexuality, but Barber has come out as a vocal opponent against those who would add an amendment to the constitution banning gay marriage. He said that defining marriage as “one man and one woman” is a thinly-veiled attempt to write discrimination into the law.
“It’s unholy; it’s wrong; it’s ugly; it’s mean,” Barber said. “As a Christian, I don’t have any right to hate anybody.”
He pointed out that Scripture has much more to say about helping the poor than it has to say about sexuality.
“In this country, we have freedom from and freedom of religion,” Barber said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re for gay rights or against them, this law seeks to violate equal protection under the law.”