Billy Graham backs North Carolina amendment to ban gay marriage
May 3rd, 2012
12:15 PM ET
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Billy Graham backs North Carolina amendment to ban gay marriage

(CNN) – The Rev. Billy Graham, the world's best-known evangelist, has endorsed a ballot initiative to constitutionally ban gay marriage in his home state of North Carolina, a rare move for a preacher who has typically avoided political fights.

North Carolinians will vote on the state's Marriage Amendment Act before North Carolina voters next Tuesday.

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Filed under: North Carolina • Religion • Same-sex marriage
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  1. Woman In California

    Personally, I'm against gay marriage as I believe in God and I'm sure he knew what he was doing when he gave MAN (Adam) a WOMAN (Eve). Having said that, I don't INTERERE with those who chose that lifestyle.

    May 3, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Call it gayriage, not marriage. Legalize gayriage and recognize it as similar but different. Stop insulting thousands of years of tradition, millions of married couples by changing the definition of the word marriage.

    May 3, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    This amendment hurts the nation, did this fool know it?

    May 3, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Is this guy still alive? Maybe he should spend his time trying to talk some sense to that idiot son of his and leave gay marriage and people in general to do whatever the hell they want to do just as long as it's not killing or molesting children or raping women (because women couldn't get an abortion)
    If you can't do that go read your daily bible fiction verse!

    May 3, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Hey, folks. Remember all of that talk a year ago and more from conservatives talking about repealing, amending and revising the 14th Amendment. The conversation centered around the context of immigration reform and anchor babies. Remember that noise? There's another clause in the 14th Amendment that keeps states from passing laws that restrict or limit the rights of citizens. This law violates that clause.

    May 3, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Charlie from the North

    WRWJTA?

    Whose rights would Jesus take away?

    May 3, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. MaryM

    Yep, and all those gay people in NC are taking their MILLIONS and leaving the state. How ****** ignorant can these southern states get

    May 3, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. MTATL67

    I was reading ABC News last week the headline said "Mitt Romney’s Appointment of Gay Aide Richard Grenell Signals New Attitude". The resigned on the first day because of Republican anti-gay attitude...Republican's still trying to force their believe in discrimination on to everyone else...it's DISGUSTING. . This party has not changed and on its way to extinction.

    May 3, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. gg

    getting people into heaven is the biggest money maker in the usa–if it don,t work out no lawsuits

    May 3, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Rudy NYC - There's another clause in the 14th Amendment that keeps states from passing laws that restrict or limit the rights of citizens. This law violates that clause.
    =============================================================================================
    Rudy, what planet are you living on? States, as well as the federal government, do this just about every day they are in session!

    May 3, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Wake up people

    I tend to agree with Woman in California. I was raised in a Methodist church and I was taught marriage is between a man and a woman, I also agree with that. However, I was also taught only God can judge, man does not have that right. So if same sex couples want to marry, who am I to judge? I have basically the same thought on abortion. I have never had one, but I don't judge anyone who has. I nor anyone else has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body. It's no ones business.
    Btw, I had no idea Billy Graham was even still alive.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 3, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Q. Why are they passing a law to ban same sex marriage?
    A. Because there is no law against it, which means it is already legal.

    May 3, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Charlie from the North

    WRWJTA?

    Whose rights would Jesus take away?
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    There's no "right" to take away. Marriage – traditional or gay – is not a right.

    May 3, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    LOL. Thousand of years of tradition? Says you. Marriage probably started as a way for men to keep women as their own slaves withoutnthe shackles.
    marriage is a legal piece of paper uniting two persons. Nothing more than that.
    All that the gays want is to be able to be treated as a REAL partner when the person you love and have been with for more years than most opposite marriages last.
    Does anyone really think that gay marriage is going to affect our lives?

    May 3, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. FED up

    For the democrats who wouldn't know. There is a huge divide in the RNC right now. It is between the Evangelical fake republicans who shanghai'd the party during the bush years and the fiscal conservative true republicans who are actually the long standing tradition of the Grand Old Party. There is currently a push, within the party, to send the evangelicals packing. True republicans are in favor of smaller governmet and less interference by the government in our personal lives.

    May 3, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. theFisherman

    Laws should not be enacted to enforce morally. God wants that choice to be of free will, and for all to see..

    May 3, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Steve, New York City

    Remarkable, another idiot, Southern evangelical, sticking his nose into politics (when they'd do the country a great deal of good by staying OUT of politics).

    If this guy had it his way, no gay marriage, no interracial marriage (or even dating), no abortions (even in cases of rape and incest), and 5 year old kids would be allowed to carry firearms w/o background checks. Were they given free reign to their infantile agenda, they'd succeed in putting the United States in-line with medieval Europe's moral standards.

    May 3, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Name

    Everyone want to play God and judge.... But I know of a God that do not turn anyone away I'm just glad God is not like man. God made is all for a reason in His eye's . It His did not want it God would not have created it. Would you all blame God when a person is born with both parts or say God is a freak and that he is going to hell..... Not because I serve a Loving God for all people not some. What will you tell God when you or if you see God and he ask you why did you play God.

    May 3, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Joe

    Gay marriage doesn't bother this married Christian, I say: "Welcome to the club" SUCKERS!!

    May 3, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Republicans claim to LOVE smaller government, but they have no problem with government trying to tell people what to do in their personal lives. Strange, ain't it?

    May 3, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Starx11

    Why can't gay people make up their own name for their union. 'Marriage' is between a man and a women, forever has been and will always be.

    May 3, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. No plan + no solution + always complaining = GOP

    The tea party and conservatives do not want the government to force healthcare on you but they want to force a ban on marriage rights G&L's. Where is the harm in 2 people getting married vs. a safety net in the event you need a doctor?

    May 3, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Religious nut Billy Graham endorses blatantly discriminatory legislation: MSM trumpets it in everyone's face.

    Wife of the state legislator who proposed the bill (Peter Brunstetter) says that he proposed the bill to "preserve the Caucasian race": MSM sweeps it under the rug and refuses to report on it.

    Any questions?

    May 3, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Bob

    Billy, your time has come and gone. You amd your SON, are both nothing more than embarrasments to this country.

    May 3, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Republicans claim to LOVE smaller government, but they have no problem with government trying to tell people what to do in their personal lives. Strange, ain't it?"

    Not really. Yuo have to start from an understanding of conservative code speak. You see, when they blabber about "personal responsibility," what they're really saying is that they believe it is their responsibility to dictate your behavior in your personal life.

    May 3, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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