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Progressive clergy urge lawmakers to focus on economy, not gay marriage ban (video)

North Carolina is the only Southern state that has not approved an amendment that restricts marriage to one man and one woman. On Tuesday, conservatives Christians flocked to Raleigh urging state lawmakers to support House Bill 777, which would amend the constitution to prohibit marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Winston-Salem Pastor Ron Baity told the crowd outside the General Assembly that:

“There is nothing wrong with America that preaching could not change.”

Inside the legislature, opponents to the Defense of Marriage amendment said that matters of church and state should be separate, and that this proposal would legislate discrimination and bias.

Hickory Rev. T. Anthony Spearman told reporters:

“At a time when legislators should be chopping away at unemployment rates and searching for ways to build a budget that would befriend the poor and marginalized, legislators are choosing to advance this divisive social agenda.”

More than 300 NC clergy and people of faith have already signed a declaration in opposition to the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

To hear from both sides of Tuesday’s debate, click below:

2 Comments


  1. HunterC

    May 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Several members of the NC General Assembly joined an officially recognized hate group leader on stage outside the NC General Assembly on Tuesday.

    Tony Perkins is the head of the Family Research Council which is designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/family-research-council-labeled-hate-group-by-splc-over-anti-gay-rhetoric.php

    Why does this not shock the conscience of everyone on Jones Street?

    What other officially recognized hate groups would lawmakers share the stage with?

  2. RobC

    May 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    You’d think our legislators would have better things to do. Instead, this is probably just a smoke screen to pass some other junk they have in mind. Either way, this is just a waste of time and tax payer money.

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