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Responding to anti-gay pastors

Posted By Rob Schofield On July 17, 2014 @ 7:34 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Gay marriage 2 [1]There are two articles worth reading in Raleigh’s News & Observer this morning about Tuesday’s anti-gay speak-out by some conservative pastors.

Chris Sgro of Equality NC [2] is on the editorial page with this excellent post [3] in which he responds to a list of absurd claims. For example:

‘(Marriage equality) is not a trend of the people but a trend of the courts.’ – Dr. Mark Harris, former U.S. Senate candidate and Charlotte pastor

Actually, it’s both. Not only have there been 24 consecutive victories for the freedom to marry since June 2013, but support for marriage equality throughout the nation and North Carolina has never been higher. For example, at the time of Amendment One’s passage in May 2012, 53 percent of North Carolinians supported civil unions and marriage. That number had risen to 63 percent [4] eight months later.

“Courts have put themselves above Almighty God.”

– the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc.

The judges who have ruled on the cases affecting marriage equality have been at every level – from federal to state courts. They are Republican-appointees, Democrat-appointees, liberal and conservative. Regardless of ideology or past ruling history, each of these judges has upheld that same-sex marriage should be legal. It is a constitutional, American, common-sense issue.

Many people of faith support same-sex marriage. There is no “lock” on what religious North Carolinians believe about same-sex marriage. That is why many faith leaders have joined the United Church of Christ and our friends at Campaign for Southern Equality in a suit to protect their religious right to conduct same-sex marriages.

Meanwhile, columnist Barry Saunders takes one of the most outspoken hate purveyors — the Rev. Patrick Wooden — to task in this essay entitled “Rev, let’s quit worrying about gay marriage and focus on real issues.” [5]

To which all a body can say is “Amen.”

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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Gay-marriage-2.jpg

[2] Equality NC: http://equalitync.org/

[3] this excellent post: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/16/4010155/a-telling-protest-of-pastors-against.html?sp=/99/108/

[4] had risen to 63 percent: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/02/

[5] in this essay entitled “Rev, let’s quit worrying about gay marriage and focus on real issues.”: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/16/4010179/saunders-rev-lets-quit-worrying.html?sp=/99/102/110/117/

[6] On the 2nd Anniversary of Amendment One, same-sex couples step up to be recognized : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/06/on-the-2nd-anniversary-of-amendment-one-same-sex-couples-step-up-to-be-recognized/

[7] As marriage equality victory nears, another battle looms : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/14/as-marriage-equality-victory-nears-another-battle-looms/

[8] Clergy join the court fight against bans on same-sex marriage, citing religious freedom : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/28/clergy-join-the-court-fight-against-same-sex-marriage-citing-religious-freedom/

[9] Lt. Gov. Forest emerging as chief spokesperson for anti-equality forces? : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/10/13/lt-gov-forest-emerging-as-chief-spokesperson-for-anti-equality-forces/

[10] What the Supreme Court’s inaction on marriage equality means : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/10/06/what-the-supreme-courts-inaction-on-marriage-equality-means/

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