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.


Filed under: North Carolina • Religion • Same-sex marriage
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  1. fernace

    I suppose some people are just Doomed to repeat history! History books (& even the bible) teaches us that trying to differentiate, excommunicate, or hold down 1 segment of the population is an Excersize in Futility & has often resulted in civil unrest & war! The bible specifically states that God is our judge & that we are All His children! Every last 1 of us is a sinner & those who single people out to pick on, are not doing Gods work! Politically speaking, changing the const.itution to insert Personal Bigotry & Personal Religious beliefs is, imo, a Criminal act against the const.itution (state or federal), the const.ituents, the state & nation! Gay people can, by const.itutional law, be married anywhere right now! Unconst.itutional laws have been passed to block that right! Please, uphold the separation of church & state, then have a locical discussion about the subject, based on law, Not the bible (which never really reverses its condoning of polygamy)!!

    May 3, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. John the Historian

    Billy Graham needs to retire. He is out of date. the bible has been used to justify slavery and keeping women as second class citizens. Billy openly was anti-semitic during the Nixon years and Nixon was voted one of the worst presidents. Like President truman said of Billy Graham he is only a counterfeit. Billy Graham also once said Aids was God's revenge on Gays and then he apologized. The Christian Right is Neither.

    May 3, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. JT

    This is very disappointing coming from Rev. Graham.....if indeed it did come from him and not his extremist son.

    May 3, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Thomas

    so much for compassion , acceptance and understanding !

    The evolution of religion .

    May 3, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "There's no "right" to take away. Marriage – traditional or gay – is not a right."

    Where in the world did you get that from? I'm pretty sure the judicial activists like Scalia have already found that right based on "long standing legal traditions that predate the Constitution, which is his "originalist" way of finding rights that aren't spelled out explicitly. You should study it more, it's quite fascinating, really.

    May 3, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Terry

    As people who look like Billy Graham die off, gay marriage and other issues that the Christian Right spends hundreds of millions fighting, will all be approved. Did you ever wonder what Christian and Mormon Churches could do with the hundreds and hundreds of millions spent fighting gay marriage?

    May 3, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. rs

    Anti Gay-marriage laws=Big Government the GOP can live with!

    May 3, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Notice how it's the right wing that is so threatened by the gays. It's probably because they fear being outed by them.

    May 3, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Starx11

    No one is telling gays how to live or put a ban on them. Simply call their union something else, because it is not marriage. Marriage is for a male and female union. Simple.

    May 3, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    I have always admired and respected Rev Billy even far more than the other televangelist but even so religion and politics are still a bad mix. If he wants to offer his beliefs why not do it with something that affects millions of the poor and under served like the Ryan Budget does. The Catholic Church is not afraid to take that on, so Rev Graham should not be either.

    May 3, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Joe

    Better to let them marry each other than hide in fake marriages.., breeding.

    May 3, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Woman In California


    No one is telling gays how to live or put a ban on them. Simply call their union something else, because it is not marriage. Marriage is for a male and female union. Simple.

    I agree.

    May 3, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Democrat Class Warfare .... wrote:

    Rudy, what planet are you living on? States, as well as the federal government, do this just about every day they are in session!
    Amendment 14, Article 1

    1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    "... No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States..."

    People break laws everyday in countless ways, states included.

    May 3, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. John in Brooklyn

    Mr. Graham,

    As a minister, you have as much civil authority to determine public policy as the government has to tell you how to practice your faith. So please, sir, while I respect your right to have your religious views, fully understand that your attacks on the civil status of intact families are, indeedt, attacks on families. Yes, they happen to be families that have a different faith tradition than yours, but they are families nonetheless. So, either stop falsely presenting yourself as "pro-family" or start admitting that your views are entirely determined by your own faith-driven ideology and that others may not believe as you do – and have a right to those beliefs as much as you have a right to yours.

    May 3, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    The RYAN BUDGET which Mitt Romney supports will effect far more people than gay marriage will. And these are the poor which include women and children. If Rev Graham just HAS to mix religion in politics then go after something that the Church should be doing, looking out for the poor and less fortunate. Something that the far religious right seem not care about.

    May 3, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Scott Rose

    Discussion of Jews with Nixon
    In 2002, declassified "Richard Nixon tapes" confirmed remarks made by Graham to President Nixon three decades earlier. Captured on the tapes, Graham agreed with Nixon that Jews control the American media, calling it a "stranglehold" during a 1972 conversation with Nixon.[54] His remarks were characterized as anti-Semitic by Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League[26] and evangelical author Richard Land.[55] When the tapes became public, Graham apologized [56][57] and stated ""Although I have no memory of the occasion, I deeply regret comments I apparently made in an Oval Office conversation with President Nixon ... some 30 years ago (...). They do not reflect my views and I sincerely apologize for any offense caused by the remarks.[58] According to Newsweek magazine, "[T]he shock of the revelation was magnified because of Graham's longtime support of Israel and his refusal to join in calls for conversion of the Jews."[57]
    In 2009, more tapes were released, in which Graham is heard in conversation with Nixon referring to Jews and "the synagogue of Satan."

    May 3, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Billy Graham and Gary Busey sure look alike !

    He would be a shoe in to play the part of Billy in the movie , " BILLY ".

    May 3, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Squigman

    Again, old and narrow of mind means little to the world that quit listening to such rancor a long time ago. Who the hell cares what Billy, has to say. Maybe those that find something self serving do, but few others.

    May 4, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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