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https://plus.google.com/112650556370545034910 April Marie Sanderson : Apparently, North Carolina's Amendment One, approved by NC voters, carried not only civil but criminal...
Apparently, North Carolina's Amendment One, approved by NC voters, carried not only civil but criminal penalties for any clergy found "guilty" of performing same-gender weddings! Un-freakin'-believable!

We are thrilled that the judge's order specifically recognized the religious freedom implications of this case and our clergy will be able to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies as faith practices call for without fear of prosecution.

~Heather Kimmel, UCC associate general
counsel.
UCC victorious in lawsuit as judge strikes down N.C. gay marriage ban
A federal judge has struck down North Carolina’s marriage laws as unconstitutional, giving the United Church of Christ and its co-plaintiffs a monumental and historic victory for equality for all people.
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https://plus.google.com/112783847768284611474 Authors' Notes: Ensley F. Guffey & K. Dale Koontz : Tonight, North Carolina's Amendment One is officially dead, ruled unconstitutional in line with the ...
Tonight, North Carolina's Amendment One is officially dead, ruled unconstitutional in line with the Fourth Circuit Court's ruling earlier this year. I am so proud to celebrate the establishment of marriage equality in my home state! The first folks to tie the knot? Wake County Deputy Sheriff Chad Briggs and his partner Chris Creech. Congrats, gentlemen, may your marriage be as healthy, happy, and rewarding as my own! http://buff.ly/1vY2grK
RALEIGH: Judge says gay marriage is now legal in North Carolina | State Politics | NewsObserver.com
A federal judge in western North Carolina struck down North Carolina's ban on gay marriage late Friday, capping a roller-coaster day of legal activity. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn issued the historic ruling at 5:32 p.m. and weddings began soon after.
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https://plus.google.com/108168436334680083866 PoliticsNC : Unless you just crawled out from under a rock, you’re well aware that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...
Unless you just crawled out from under a rock, you’re well aware that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution, and that this will doubtless have an effect on North Carolina’s Amendment One. The…
The Legislature: Doing the Job the Attorney General Won’t Do
Unless you just crawled out from under a rock, you're well aware that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution, and that this will doubtless have an effect on North Carolina's Amendment One. The ruling doesn't mean that Amendment One is overturned and that…
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https://plus.google.com/107580886902935895105 Mo Jo : United Church of Christ Sues for Gay Marriage It might seem hard to believe, but the United Church ...
United Church of Christ Sues for Gay Marriage

It might seem hard to believe, but the United Church of Christ (UCC) is suing the State of North Carolina for restricting religious freedom by banning its ministers from performing same-sex weddings. Churches that believe in equality are forced to defend the sacerdotal rights of their ministers on the grounds of religious liberty. 

Turning the Tables on Equality Foes

The UCC filed the lawsuit on Monday, April 28th in conjunction with a dozen more clergy from various churches as well as several same-sex couples. In an ironic twist, the church is using the very same defense religious conservatives have used to challenge marriage equality. It claims that North Carolina’s Amendment One, which bans the legal recognition of same-sex marriages and civil unions, infringes on their religious liberty. It asks the federal courts in the Western District of North Carolina to repeal the voter-approved ban to allow ministers to decide for themselves what weddings they conduct within their own churches.

Exactly how does Amendment One impinge on the rights of UCC ministers, as well as other clergy like ULC ministers, you might ask? Under the ban, a minister may only officiate a wedding for a couple who have obtained a legal marriage license. Officiating a wedding for a couple who have not obtained a license constitutes a Class 1 misdemeanor. Same-sex couples may not obtain marriage licenses under the ban. Therefore, ministers may not perform ceremonies for same-sex wedding ceremonies in North Carolina—even religious ceremonies—without committing a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Criminalizing the Gay Church Wedding

We immediately see the grave injustice of North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban. Not only does it deny same-sex couples the equal rights of marriage, but it also denies ministers who perform same-sex marriages their equal sacerdotal rights. In fact, it does not just deny legal recognition of religious same-sex ceremonies, but it actively criminalizes those ceremonies.Essentially, the ban discriminates against ministers whose religious beliefs validate same-sex marriage, and it restricts their religious freedom to exercise those beliefs by performing such marriages. This is in contrast to the supposed religious “infringement” that conservative ministers would endure by the enactment of marriage equality; while they would not be forced to perform same-sex marriages, they would merely know that such unions were occurring.

It is almost unbelievable that same-sex marriage ceremonies can be criminalized because a license is impossible to obtain—even if that ceremony is purely symbolic and religious. It is also disconcerting that the government should favor religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage over religious beliefs supporting it. As ULC ministers, we should join UCC clergy in their struggle, because the same unjust laws affect all of us. Even if you disagree with such unions, if you are in favor of this instance of government favoritism, you remove your leg to stand on whenever you defend your own religious practices in the name of freedom.

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The Huffington Post: “United Church of Christ Files Lawsuit against Gay Marriage Ban in North Carolina, Citing Threat to Religious Freedom”

The Huffington Post: “Defending True Religious Liberty: Church Files Lawsuit in Support of Marriage Equality”
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https://plus.google.com/105602243295376492388 Joe Jervis : NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Couples Mark Ban Anniversary By Demanding Licenses Two years ago today North Carolina's...
NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Couples Mark Ban Anniversary By Demanding Licenses
Two years ago today North Carolina's Amendment One enshrined anti-LGBT bigotry into the state constitution. This morning gay couples are marking the anniversary by demanding marriage licenses in the state capital. Via Freedom To Marry : A lot has happened i...
Joe. My. God.: NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Couples Mark Ban Anniversary By Demanding Licenses
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https://plus.google.com/108869188360022079839 Rob Cypher : HGTV has tapped a pair of twin brothers who have organized prayer rallies against LGBT and reproductive...
HGTV has tapped a pair of twin brothers who have organized prayer rallies against LGBT and reproductive rights and compared same-sex marriage to Nazi Germany to star in a new reality show.

David and Jason Benham will help families buy, repair, and sell real estate in the show “Flip It Forward,” which is scheduled to premier in October.

The twins will “leverage their good-natured sibling rivalry to help families find a fixer-upper and transform it into the dream home they never thought they could afford,” the network said in a press release announcing nine new series for next season.

David Benham led a prayer rally, Charlotte 7:14, organized with his twin brother outside the 2012 Democratic National Convention to protest “abortion on demand,” “no-fault divorce,” “pornography and perversion,” “adultery,” and “demonic ideologies” taught at public schools and universities.

“(Meanwhile), the church sits silent and just builds big churches,” David Benham told conservative Christian radio host Janet Mefferd. “We are so complacent, we are so apathetic and we are very hypocritical in the church, that’s why the Bible says judgment begins in the house of God.”



He also told Mefferd he worked to pass North Carolina’s Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage and civil unions.

“When Amendment One passed I realized the only three counties in North Carolina that actually voted against the amendment were Charlotte, Raleigh and Asheville, our three cities,” he told Mefferd. “So we had all the rural areas and all the suburban areas but we lost all the cities. So I felt like, OK, it’s time that we have a citywide church service of repentance and that’s the reason that we decided to do it right in the heart of Charlotte the night before the DNC.”

David Benham serves on the board of the anti-LGBT Coalition of Conscience and has referred to Muslims as “the enemy attacking” America.

“The difference between Islam and Christianity: Islam takes life and enslaves it,” he said. “Christianity lays its life down and sets you free.”

The brothers are the sons of Flip Benham, leader of the abortion-clinic protest group Operation Save America, which split from the militant anti-abortion group Operation Rescue in the late 1990s.

The elder Benham baptized Norma McCorvey – the plaintiff in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision – and protested outside mosques while shouting “Jesus hates Muslims” and blamed the Democratic Party for promoting a “culture of death” that caused the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Flip Benham was convicted in 2011 of stalking a Charlotte, N.C., abortion provider and sentenced to 18 months probation.

In a 2012 blog post on Operation Save America’s website, David Benham compared the fight against marriage to opposition to Nazi Germany.

“If evil is being accepted and appreciated at the national level, aggressive Christian men must lead the charge against it,” David Benham wrote. “In the late 1940s England realized this truth with Neville Chamberlain’s Policy of Appeasement and the Nazi regime. Chamberlain thought he could somehow ‘appease’ the fuehrer, yet Winston Churchill aggressively stood against this policy and proclaimed that they must kill Hitler and destroy the regime in its entirety. It wasn’t long before Chamberlain’s ‘politically correct’ policy fell flat on its face, and Churchill – the more aggressive man – took the reins and joined America in defeating the beast.”

David Benham also suggested in the Christian Post that support for marriage equality was the result of psychological issues.

“For the men on the other side of this vote, I’ll say a couple of things: You’ll never find the love of a father in the arms of another man,” he wrote. “The emotional hurt that you’ve experienced can only be healed through a life-giving relationship with the very one that created you.”

HGTV has not yet responded to a request for comment.
HGTV calls off show starring twins who hate gays, Muslims, divorce, and public schools
But the cable network, which is owned by the E.W. Scripps Company, announced it had dropped plans for the show less two hours after Raw Story called seeking comment about the twins and their political activism. “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series,” the network ...
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https://plus.google.com/104584221071150373381 Trinity Congregational UCC of Winter Haven, FL : Watch a message from Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the UCC's General Minister and President, about the filing...
Watch a message from Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the UCC's General Minister and President, about the filing of General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper, in North Carolina this week. This federal legal challenge to North Carolina's Amendment One was filed in the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of clergy, same-sex couples, and the UCC.
Watch the video: A Message from the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black | The UCC Files Landmark Lawsuit in North Carolina
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The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) filed a lawsuit, Monday, April 28, 2014 in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, arguing that North Caroli...
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https://plus.google.com/115168997402617363565 Waymon Hudson : Take some time to read about a promising documentary on the anti-marriage equality Amendment One in ...
Take some time to read about a promising documentary on the anti-marriage equality Amendment One in North Carolina... It sounds like just what we need as a movement to learn from losses and move forward against these types of ballot initiatives: "We are determined to create a film that humanizes the rhetoric, we hope that by personalizing the experiences of these votes - on both sides of the issue - we will be able to foster some much needed understanding/communication and eventually affect change."

(and here's their kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/willclegg/amendment-one-a-documentary-film/)
'Why Do You Care?'
In many people's minds, I'm a straight man making a documentary film about a gay issue; if I want people to pledge their hard-earned dollars to my film in an economy that doesn't leave a lot of room f...
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https://plus.google.com/109730410294849846346 TrustCounsel : North Carolina Amendment One, which would ban marriage for same-sex couples, passed with a large margin...
North Carolina Amendment One, which would ban marriage for same-sex couples, passed with a large margin on May 8. The amendment will affect people other than same-sex couples. See the TrustCounsel blog for my opinion on this amendment.
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https://plus.google.com/117076828158897286936 Terence Dicks : It Angers me that Anti-Gay Groups Practice their Discrimination with Vicious Fervor in North Carolina...
It Angers me that Anti-Gay Groups Practice their Discrimination with Vicious Fervor in North Carolina

Special Report by the Institute for Southern Studies

Lessons about Evil - from North Carolina marriage amendment fight
http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/05/nc-house-leader-says-anti-gay-hate-group-overruled-him-on-same-sex-marriage-amendment.html

The money behind marriage discrimination
http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/05/institute-index-the-money-behind-north-carolinas-marriage-discrimination-amendment.html

NC HOUSE LEADER SAYS ANTI-GAY HATE GROUP 'OVERRULED' HIM ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AMENDMENT: N.C. House Majority Leader Paul Stam (R) says he wanted a more narrowly worded amendment banning same-sex marriage but was "overruled" by the Alliance Defense Fund, a self-described Christian group that likens homosexuality to pedophilia and claims same-sex marriage leads to bestiality. (5/7/2012)

VOICES: REFLECTIONS ON THE PASSAGE OF NC'S CYNICAL AMENDMENT ONE: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, on why we can't stop now in the fight for equality. (5/9/2012)

WE DO CAMPAIGN TAKES NEXT STEP IN FIGHT FOR NC MARRIAGE EQUALITY: An initiative of the Campaign for Southern Equality, the WE DO Campaign encourages lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to take direct action to demand changes in discriminatory laws. (5/10/2012)

HONORING MORE BOOTS ON THE GROUND: ALL OF US NC ORGANIZES AGAINST AMENDMENT ONE: Noted LGBT blogger Pam Spaulding interviews two of the organizers behind All of Us NC, a grassroots offshoot of the social justice group Southerners on New Ground, about their fight against the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in North Carolina. (5/7/2012)

NC ANTI-WIND POWER CRUSADER BEHIND PLOT TO SUBVERT RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY: John Droz of the American Tradition Institute, a fossil fuel-funded advocacy group that works to discredit climate science, was the mastermind of an effort that called for setting up "dummy businesses" to buy anti-wind power billboards and creating a "counter-intelligence branch" to track the industry. (5/11/2012)

POLL DOCUMENTS ONGOING EMOTIONAL HARM FROM BP OIL DISASTER: A Gallup survey finds that a decline in the emotional health of Gulf Coast residents since the 2010 oil spill is "statistically significant and meaningfully large." (5/10/2012)

What happened in North Carolina?

Lessons from the amendment battle

By Chris Kromm

As expected, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment this week stating "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized."

Polls had always shown the amendment had majority support, and across the country, even the most progressive states -- think California -- have tended to pass such measures.

But the amendment passed by an even larger margin than projected, 61 to 39 percent. And given that a blue-trending state like North Carolina has now gone against the national trend of states accepting gay marriage, the question remains: What happened in North Carolina?

Here are some quick takeaways from the amendment battle:

1) IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION

On May 8, just over 20 percent of North Carolina's registered voters cast a ballot in support of the amendment -- the lowest support of any amendment that's passed in Southern states. To put it another way, 14 percent of North Carolina's population decided the fate of all of the state's families.

How did that happen?

It started in June 2011, when a Republican state legislator was accidentally caught on a live microphone telling GOP lawmakers they needed the amendment to "get their ground game working" for November 2012. The embarrassing admission that the amendment was about turnout and politics and not morality forced Republicans to offer a compromise -- which enough Democrats accepted -- of moving the amendment vote to the primary.

Moving the vote helped Republicans defuse the scandal and may help Democrats this November. But it likely doomed chances of defeating the amendment: Primary voters tend to be older; nearly 50 percent of early voters on May 8 were 60 or older, the demographic least sympathetic to gay marriage and civil unions. In primaries, groups with established turnout vehicles -- like evangelical churches -- also have a ready-made advantage.

2) THE POWER OF CONFUSION

Supporters of the amendment benefited greatly from confusion about what the measure actually does. An April 2012 poll by Public Policy Polling [pdf] infamously found that only 36 percent knew it would ban both gay marriage and civil unions; another 27 percent admitted they didn't know what the amendment would do, and a striking 10 percent actually thought it legalized gay marriage).

This was significant, because that and other polls [pdf] found that a majority of North Carolina voters supported civil unions, as in other states. In 2006, Arizona voters defeated a proposition that prohibited both gay marriage and domestic partnerships, like the N.C. amendment does. A bill focused just on gay marriage passed in Arizona two years later.

Pro-amendment groups like Vote for Marriage NC knew this, which is why they focused all of their campaign messaging around the dangers of "same-sex" unions. Many media outlets went along, slow to grasp the broader consequences of the bill and describing it largely in the shorthand of only gay marriage -- a bias that benefited pro-amendment forces.

The focus on gay marriage alone also drowned out the work of scholars like UNC's Maxine Eichner, which broke ground in documenting the unintended consequences of sweeping anti-domestic partnership bills.

3) A DIVIDED NORTH CAROLINA

In the end, just eight counties -- four centered around the Triangle progressive stronghold -- voted against the amendment. This map from WRAL in Raleigh (which did not but should have included coastal Dare County among those where the majority of voters opposed the amendment) tells the story:*

True, those counties -- defined by cities and college towns -- are where more than a quarter of North Carolina lives, which is the reason anti-amendment forces focused on mobilizing their base in these areas.

But the amendment found support in counties that were older, less urban and less diverse. Democratic consultant Gary Pearce sees the other key fault line as decisive: faith.

As he wrote before the vote:

If you live in a city, you might miss [the influence of evangelical Christians]. And it's not that opponents of the amendment aren't religious. Some surely aren't "churched," but those who go to church tend toward a belief system that emphasizes fairness and tolerance. "Fundamentalists" care more about order, tradition and morality. This moral conservatism runs deep in North Carolina's political DNA. You have to understand that to understand what's apparently about to happen.

Conservative evangelical groups -- with support from GOP uber-donor Art Pope -- had been rallying their church base around an anti-gay marriage/civil union amendment for nearly a decade. The 2010 Republican capture of the N.C. legislature finally gave amendment supporters the opening they needed, and a lower-turnout primary election was tailor-made for an election where having a reliable and easy-to-mobilize base could guarantee victory.

4) A GALVANIZING MOMENT

North Carolina's amendment passed by a larger margin than expected, but given the odds in its favor, it's remarkable it didn't win by a larger margin.

Anti-amendment forces, under the umbrella of the Coalition to Protect NC Families, built a formidable operation and remarkable coalition in a short period of time.

Especially notable was the leadership of Rev. William Barber of the NAACP -- only the second state chapter to take leadership on such an amendment fight (California was the other). Barber joined the fight early and rallied African-American ministers and communities statewide, the NAACP's efforts complemented by organizing help from groups like All of US North Carolina.

The anti-amendment campaign faced the inevitable tensions and dilemmas, and a loss always invites second-guessing: How much of the message should focus on the amendment's attack on gay families, the amendment's clear target, versus the collateral damage to non-gay couples, a message with broader appeal? How much to focus on mobilizing sure supporters versus "persuadables" in the middle? More money for TV ads or grassroots organizing?

What the anti-amendment campaign definitely created is a stronger network of groups who have now gone through a bruising battle together and will emerge stronger to tackle future challenges, like the November elections.

Indeed, a law that was designed to pump up GOP turnout has ironically helped energize, coordinate and strengthen work among progressive groups in North Carolina, something which blogger (and Institute for Southern Studies board member) Pam Spaulding says will have impact far beyond Amendment One:

Building the coalition -- assembling the diverse partners involved in this battle has been quite a handful, and it has paid off in dividends. The social justice infrastructure that has grown and been extended and is highly visible now -- this can have lasting political repercussions for progressive politics in North Carolina -- and that helps the equality movement nationally in the end.

See a map by Jay Cagle showing the varying level of support among NC counties:

INSTITUTE INDEX - The money behind North Carolina's marriage discrimination amendment
http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/05/institute-index-the-money-behind-north-carolinas-marriage-discrimination-amendment.html

Date on which North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment declaring that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State": 5/8/2012

Statewide vote on the amendment: 61-39%

Total population of North Carolina: 9.6 million

Number of North Carolinians who voted in favor of the amendment: 1,303,994

Number who voted against it: 832,283

Percent of North Carolina's registered voters who cast a ballot for the amendment: just over 20

Rank of North Carolina among the Southern states where the percentage of voters who favored such an amendment was lowest: 1

Amount conservative N.C. benefactor Art Pope and his family contributed to N.C. legislative races in 2010, money that helped secure a historic takeover by Republicans who went on to put the marriage amendment on the ballot over Democrats' objections: $758,500

Amount Pope's family foundation contributed to leading anti-gay marriage organizations in the years leading up to the amendment vote: more than $1 million

Amount Pope's foundation contributed to the N.C. Family Policy Council, which helped lead the fight for the amendment: $965,000

Date on which a "Values Bus Tour" organized by religious-right leaders to mobilize for the amendment began at a conference organized by the Civitas Institute, a conservative advocacy group that says it promotes limited government: 3/3/2012

Percent of Civitas' income provided by Pope, who is also a national director of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Brothers-affiliated group that played a key role in the Republicans' 2010 takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives: more than 97

Amount raised by the Protect All NC Families campaign that opposed Amendment One: more than $2 million

Amount that the NAACP provided to buy ads against the amendment: $500,000

Amount raised by the pro-amendment Vote for Marriage NC campaign: more than $1 million

As of one week before the vote, percent of money raised by the pro-amendment side that came from individuals as opposed to organizational donors: 29

Percent of money raised by the anti-amendment side that came from individuals: 60

Amount contributed to Vote for Marriage NC by the Christian Action League, which has its roots in the early 20th century prohibition movement for a constitutional ban on alcohol: $344,276.16

Amount contributed to Vote for Marriage NC by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a group formed to pass Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in California: $425,000

Date on which internal documents were unsealed as part of Maine's ongoing campaign finance investigation into NOM, stating that the group aimed "to drive a wedge between gays and blacks -- two key Democratic constituencies": 3/26/2012

Date on which the wife of state Sen. Pete Brunstetter (R), the sponsor of one of the bills to put the marriage amendment on North Carolina's ballot, made remarks to a poll worker that linked the amendment to a need to protect the Caucasian race: 5/1/2012

http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/05/nc-house-leader-says-anti-gay-hate-group-overruled-him-on-same-sex-marriage-amendment.html
NC House leader says anti-gay hate group 'overruled' him on same-sex marriage amendment | The Institute for Southern Studies
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https://plus.google.com/101258461275551621637 Benjamin Craft-Rendon : The proponents of North Carolina’s Amendment One celebrated by eating wedding cakes with bride and groom...
The proponents of North Carolina’s Amendment One celebrated by eating wedding cakes with bride and groom figurines on top. The sight really choked #colbert up. “I always cry at the prevention of weddings,” he said. #civilrights #colbertreport
Colbert Believes In Protecting Traditional Gay Stereotypes
Stephen Colbert always cries at the prevention of weddings.
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https://plus.google.com/102679947985210525825 Bryan Maine : this weeks Friday video out and ready to go! enjoy! North Carolina Amendment One has more than Fifty...
this weeks Friday video out and ready to go! enjoy!

North Carolina Amendment One has more than Fifty Shades of Grey - Bryan Maine
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https://plus.google.com/113824156780231381549 Jason Nelson : From Politico: African-Americans voted 2-1 in favor of the North Carolina amendment banning gay marriage...
From Politico:

African-Americans voted 2-1 in favor of the North Carolina amendment banning gay marriage Tuesday, but the White House is betting that black voters there and beyond will stick with the president, despite broad resistance to legalization.

While there’s faith that African-Americans will turn out strong at the polls to protect Obama’s legacy, pollsters point out that while opposition to same-sex marriages has fallen in the black community, it’s still just a point shy of 50 percent — enough to affect black turnout, at least theoretically, in an election where every vote will matter.

Obama’s statement rocked the political world. But it also underscored a widely held belief that African-American voters are closer to Republicans than Democrats when it comes to gay marriage.

“A lot of the people that I have spoken to that are self-identified Democrats are completely and totally against gay marriage — they believe it’s a sin,” said Michelle Bernard, president of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy.
Black Voters Supported NC’s Amendment One by a 2 to 1 Margin
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https://plus.google.com/103615413717790080329 Amanda “WilmingtonFAVS” Greene : This is an excellent broadcast and touches on many issues in the North Carolina Amendment One debate...
This is an excellent broadcast and touches on many issues in the North Carolina Amendment One debate.
WilmingtonFAVS: Faith & Values - Culture - Gender & Sexuality - BRIEF: NPR explores the differing biblical interpretations of gay marriage
National Public Radio report unveils reasonings behind differing interpretations of scripture on gay marriage.
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https://plus.google.com/105406538383626355090 Danielle Wolf : OK, first off, shame on North Carolina! I can't believe they did this. Second off, thank you for speaking...
OK, first off, shame on North Carolina! I can't believe they did this.

Second off, thank you for speaking up, sir:

youtube;ywImcNViPtc]Clergy Rebukes Media for Asking Wrong Questions About Amendment One
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May 6th, 2012 - In a press conference held in Greensboro, North Carolina, Clergy from around the state gathered together to pray for the wisdom of it's citizens regarding the May 8th vote on Amendment One. In that conference, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber took the time to rebuke the media for asking the wrong questions regarding the amendment.
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https://plus.google.com/108590960496596047970 Howard Keziah : Interesting visual commentary on the votes cast against North Carolina's Amendment One. Thanks to Kerry...
Interesting visual commentary on the votes cast against North Carolina's Amendment One. Thanks to Kerry Trout for creating this visual.
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https://plus.google.com/105184610923266131302 Julian Hill : New blog post on Queer Spirituality - I talk about returning from a Beltane festival and the passage...
New blog post on Queer Spirituality - I talk about returning from a Beltane festival and the passage of North Carolina's amendment one.
Back from Beltane | Queer Spirituality
Album cover for "The Balance" by Heather Jinmaku First, before I get into the real meat of this post, I want to point out a song by a fantastic Pagan artist. It appears that the CD is no lon...
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https://plus.google.com/106319775250528831990 Andrew Riggio : North Carolina Amendment One Supporters aren't just religious bigots. They're bad Americans. http://...
North Carolina Amendment One Supporters aren't just religious bigots. They're bad Americans. http://news.yahoo.com/north-carolina-citizens-amendment-one-bad-americans-154600372.html
North Carolina Citizens for Amendment One Are Bad Americans
COMMENTARY | With the world going to hell in a hand basket, the most important thing on the ballot in North Carolina for Tuesday's primary was taking a 100-year step backward in the fight for equal ri...
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https://plus.google.com/108380237584739011265 Naomi Parkhurst : Thank you, John Scalzi: "I’m not particularly pleased with the outcome of the North Carolina Amendment...
Thank you, John Scalzi:

"I’m not particularly pleased with the outcome of the North Carolina Amendment One vote last night, but neither am I particularly surprised. And as I noted on Twitter last night, my impulse to tut-tut North Carolina voters is well tempered by the fact Ohio’s voters put their own rather odiously bigoted marriage amendment into their constitution a couple of years ago. People living in glass houses need to pull the beams from their own eyes, as they say. Of course, I did vote against Ohio’s marriage amendment when I had the chance, so in that respect my conscience is clear. My point, however, is that people who want to snark off about North Carolina as just another redneck southern state should note it’s not just the south where this is all still in play; remember that four years ago voters in California, where non-Californians often assume sodomy is high school elective, voted anti-same sex marriage bigotry into their own Constitution."
North Carolina and Amendment One – Whatever
Please note the Mallet of Loving Correction is in its warming chamber and will be applied to those who a) do not play well with others in the thread, b) I find rhetorically overheated, c) decide now i...
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https://plus.google.com/107323726887023845557 Sarah Hill : Hangout Topic: North Carolina Passes Gay Marriage Ban North Carolina voters passed Amendment One, which...
Hangout Topic: North Carolina Passes Gay Marriage Ban
North Carolina voters passed Amendment One, which defines marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman. While gay marriage is already banned in the state, this took it a step further by banning civil unions and domestic partnerships for gay or straight couples. What do you think about the voters' decision? Please RSVP below if you'd like to be invited to this Hangout at NOON Central. 1pm Eastern. All you need is a webcam and Google Plus.
North Carolina passes ban on gay marriage
Voters in North Carolina on Tuesday approved Amendment One, a fiercely debated and highly restrictive amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman....
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