This morning at the meeting of the Watauga County Commission, the Republican majority -- Nathan Miller, David Blust, and Vince Gable -- refused to rescind their resolution in support of Amendment 1 that was passed without public notice and without public comment at their April 3rd meeting.
That was after they heard from ten speakers who respectfully suggested that they had seriously overstepped their bounds as County Commissioners in passing the resolution in support of Amendment 1. Democratic Commissioner Jim Deal made the motion to rescind the resolution and spoke about his own strong views as a Christian, to make the point that he, nor anyone else elected to public office, should be willing to impose their personal religious views on the general populace.
But separation of church and state is clearly not what commissioners Miller, Blust, and Gable are all about. What they're all about in this instance (and ironically, given their supposed philosophy of small government) is governmental overreach.
They believe the prejudices of the majority will carry the day and confirm them in power. That remains to be seen.
Footnote: Mr. Gable would not meet the gaze of many of the speakers this morning. His cell phone rang twice during the public comment, and he struggled to silence it. He also appeared to be receiving texts from someone inside the room.