A California church plans to rent a billboard in North Carolina apologizing to gay and lesbian couples for passage of Amendment One.

By more than 20 percentage points (61% to 39%), North Carolina voters on May 8 approved Amendment One, which constitutionally bars the state from recognizing gay couples with marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

The San Diego-based Missiongathering Christian Church is paying for the public apology, which will be visible on Billy Graham Parkway near interstate 85 in Charlotte. Graham supported passage of the amendment.

“Missiongathering Christian Church is sorry for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who DENIED rights and equality TO so many in the Name of God,” the billboard's message will read.

The church sponsored a similar billboard in San Diego in 2008, after California voters approved Proposition 8, the state's gay marriage ban.

“As we began receiving emails and phone calls thanking us being encouraged by it from all across the country, even Canada, then we thought what if we put up the billboard again in response to Amendment One, not in San Diego, but there in North Carolina,” Alex Roller, a church pastor, told WSOC-TV.

The church hopes donations will pay for more billboards around Charlotte.