Several African-American pastors are calling on congregants to oppose Amendment One, the North Carolina May 8 ballot question which would bar the state from recognizing the relationships of gay and lesbian couples with marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

Rev. Earl Johnson of the Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh spoke out against the amendment during an April 30 sermon, Religious News Service (RNS) reported.

Johnson kept it brief, telling congregants that such unions are already illegal in the state, the governor opposes the measure and the amendment could strip unmarried heterosexual women of domestic violence protections.

“It's a traditional church. When you get to be a certain age you don't budge on your point of view. It would take years of chipping away at it to change it,” Johnson said on his decision not to discuss the church's stance on homosexuality.

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP has also come out against the amendment without endorsing gay marriage.

Rev. David Forbes, pastor emeritus at Raleigh's Christian Faith Baptist Church, has taken a similar stance, saying the measure would “polarize people who make different choices.”

“This has social justice implications,” he said.

(Related: Jodie Brunstetter criticized over claim that Amendment One would protect Caucasian race.)