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Local coverage of anti-gay marriage wingnut rally in Raleigh

Resident Margie Harvell on gay marriage: “God didn’t ordain it that way, He created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” Yawn.

The turnout wasn’t the 10,000 they were looking for. Most were church folk and some were the wingnut traveling road show of professional protestors from Called2Action.WRAL-TV:

Margie Harvell and others believe most people want the chance to vote on the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

…Several popular conservative Christian speakers, as well as lawmakers, spoke at the two-hour event. They want legislative leaders to allow for referendum bills to be heard. Republican sponsors of bills in the North Carolina House and Senate claim Democratic leaders are blocking the measures from even being considered.

A spokesperson for North Carolina Senate leader Mark Basnight pointed out that state law already bans gay marriage and says a constitutional amendment is not necessary. “I think the leadership is recognizing that there are more important issues for the legislature to address and focus their time on then trying to discriminate against a group of North Carolina citizens,” gay rights activist Ian Palmquist said.

WTVD-TV (link to video)


“It’s an abomination to God to have same-sex marriages. We believe marriage is something that God created for one man and one woman,” Raleigh resident Latonya Hinton said.

Jeff and Pam Gorton brought their children to the rally. “Families like ours are committed to one man and one woman,” said Jeff Gorton, of Wake Forest. “This is one of the issues that’s going to affect my children, grandchildren, in the future, and I want to make sure we can protect the marriages now and into the future.”

But Jennifer Rudinger of the North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said a constitutional amendment would go further than the state’s current defense-of-marriage law. “This would really hurt a lot of families in North Carolina,” Rudinger said. “It would be a real shame to amend our constitution and for the first time use our constitution to discriminate against so many people who are raising families.”

Freep this poll on “Should North Carolina amend its constitution to ban same-sex marriages?” Right now (10PM), it looks like this:

News 14 Carolina (video at this link):

“I think it’s important because I have children, and I want their future to reflect on a Godly principle,” said amendment supporter Andre Barrios.

“I think we’d have 70 percent to 75 percent of the people in North Carolina who would support a constitutional amendment if it came to a vote but we can’t even get it out of committee,” said Sen. Jim Forrester (R-Gaston). “We are certain that if the bills are brought up in either the House or the Senate that they will pass,” said John Rustin of the N.C. Family Police [Policy] Council. “The will of the people needs to be decided by the legislative branch,” said Sen. Fred Smith (R-Johnston). “Not one single judge in the judicial branch determining what marriage is going to be in this state.”

News & Observer:

Supporters of traditional marriage mounted their first effort to influence lawmakers to amend the state constitution on Tuesday with deafening shouts of “Let Us Vote.”…But turnout for the rally behind the Legislative Building in Raleigh fell far below expectations. An estimated 500 people – mostly church members – showed up, less than the thousands organizers had hoped for.

…But the Rev. Patrick Wooden, pastor of the Upper Room Church of God In Christ, said the state needs another added level of protection that only a constitutional amendment can bring. “Let’s just put another lock on the door, just in case, just for safekeeping,” he said.

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