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N.C. Attorney General, Cooper Wants Same-Sex Marriage Cases Delayed

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
April 18, 2014

CourthouseAnyone tracking key upcoming events in the timeline for same-sex marriage suits is going to need more than a pocket calendar as the significant dates keep piling up. But at least one North Carolinian — Attorney General Roy Cooper — is hoping the latest legal filing from the American Civil Liberties Union won’t appear on any docket until the Fourth Circuit Court announces its ruling in a Virginia case later this year.

The ACLU suit, centered on creating sympathy for lesbian couples who have medical issues or ill children and who were wed in other states but now demand that North Carolina recognize their unions, was filed the first week of April. Cooper, who supports gay marriage but has said he will defend the state’s Marriage Amendment, has until April 28 to respond, after which the ACLU will have a week to file any reaction to his arguments. Read the rest of this entry »

Latest ACLU Suit against Marriage Amendment Based on False Premise for Sympathy

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
April 10, 2014

Gay Marriage“A public relations campaign designed to pull at heartstrings because it involves people who are sick and elderly” — that’s how the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, sees the latest legal stunt from the American Civil Liberties Union, which on Wednesday announced that it had filed a second lawsuit against the state’s Marriage Protection Amendment.

Already a party to Fisher-Borne et al. v. Smith, filed in 2012 to challenge the state’s adoption laws and then broadened to become a direct attack on the MPA, the ACLU is now demanding that the courts upend the state’s marriage laws and the N.C. Constitution by immediately granting same-sex marriage on behalf of three couples which the organization says are suffering harm because their homosexual relationships aren’t given full legal recognition by the state. Read the rest of this entry »

The Current Status of North Carolina’s Marriage Protection Amendment in the Courts

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
April 10, 2014

Marriage CourtsJust two years after a majority of North Carolina voters affirmed their belief in traditional marriage, a federal appeals court may nullify the Marriage Protection Amendment and force same-sex unions on the Tar Heel state despite its statutory and constitutional laws.

“If this happens, then it will be just one more demonstration that we are no longer a nation of laws, but a nation of the courts,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “We are no longer a country of the the people, by the people, and for the people. We are a country of the courts, by the courts, and for whatever purposes the courts say.” Read the rest of this entry »

Opportunity Scholarships Delayed in Litigation

Children are the ones who suffer, says Ex. Dir. Of NC Christian School Association
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
April 10, 2014

Opportunity ScholarshipDisappointed but even more determined — that’s the response of parents and private school officials who had anticipated being able to take advantage of the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program created last July to help low-income and working-class families provide better educational options for their children beginning this fall. The Court of Appeals ruled April 3 that a preliminary injunction on the program issued by a Wake County Superior Court judge in February would remain in place, sending the case to the N.C. Supreme Court.

“While I am disappointed by the Court of Appeals decision to reject the parents’ petition to lift the injunction, I believe that the program and, more importantly, the parents who applied for this program from across the state will ultimately prevail,” said Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »

Dan Clodfelter Resigns State Senate Seat and Becomes Mayor of Charlotte

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
April 10, 2014

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Dan Clodfelter

Tuesday, State Senator Dan Clodfelter (D-Mecklenburg), resigned his Senate seat to become the Mayor of Charlotte.  He was sworn into office on Wednesday.

Sen. Clodfelter served eight terms in the state Senate. He sat on numerous committees: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety, Finance, Judiciary, Program Evaluation, as well as Ways and Means.

Clodfelter’s election as Mayor by Charlotte’s City Council comes on the heels of former Mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest by federal authorities on public corruption charges.  Clodfelter told the media his first priority as the new Mayor would be to restore stability and trust in city government.

After his swearing in on Wednesday, according to the Charlotte Observer, “In an emotional speech, Clodfelter, 63, said ‘old-fashioned values’ would help heal the city.” Read the rest of this entry »

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

NCADD, National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence
April 9, 2014

Alcohol AwarenessEach April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to highlight the important health issues of understanding drinking, increase public awareness, and encourage local communities to focus on alcohol related issues.

Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous – both to themselves and to society, and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex, and other problem behaviors. Over 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related accidents and thousands more are injured each year.

  • Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s youth, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined. Read the rest of this entry »

Local Officials Endorsed Catawba Casino without Considering Effects

King’s Mountain Awareness Group Seeks to Inform
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
April 4, 2014

CasinoIt was April Fool’s Day when Adam Forcade most recently addressed the Cleveland County Commissioners to tell them, once again, that they’re the ones being fooled if they pin their economic hopes on a planned Catawba Indian casino.

Organizer of the Kings Mountain Awareness Group, which has repeatedly asked local officials to consider the negative impact a casino would bring to the community, Forcade told the commission Tuesday night the story of Ledyard, Conn., a town similar to Kings Mountain, that became home to the Pequot Indians’ Foxwoods casino and received its yearly share of slot machine revenues — $689,000 — only to wind up spending $2.25 million that same year dealing with crime, traffic and other societal problems that accompanied the gambling facility. Further, the Pequot tribe then tried to annex some areas of Ledyard into its tribal reservation designation, costing the town another $370,000 in legal fees and a loss of sales and property tax revenue for the land that the tribe obtained. Read the rest of this entry »

Resolution Circulating in NC Calls for Republican Party Not to Leave Its Socially Conservative Roots

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
April 2, 2014

GOPWhile social issues are taking a backseat — if even allowed to ride along at all — in more than a few political campaigns this year, a recent resolution circulating in the Tar Heel state reveals a grassroots call for the Republican Party not to leave its socially conservative roots.

“Recently, I have seen more than ever in the newspapers, on television, in social media and blogs an increasing number of strategists calling for the quieting of those in the Republican Party who are concerned about social issues and for the removal of these planks from the platforms of the party and from individual candidate’s platforms,” said Garland Honeycutt, vice chairman of the Fork Mountain-Little Rock Creek Precinct of the Mitchell County Republican Party.

“In response to that I felt the need to raise my voice a little louder here in North Carolina to call for the Republican Party not to abandon those social issues.”

Honeycutt’s resolution, passed by the Surry County Republican Party March 22, and set to come before the party’s 11th District as well as a number of other GOP organizations and executive committees, is a reminder that the Party has historically championed “the sanctity of human life, the sacredness of traditional marriage, the importance of the Second Amendment and the value of all people, regardless of race, gender or creed.” Read the rest of this entry »

Stop Catawba Casino Efforts Continue Growing

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
March 26, 2014

CasinoKINGS MOUNTAIN — Opponents of the Catawba Indian nation’s attempts to locate a casino in Cleveland County say they have no doubt such a venture would have a huge economic impact on their community — but they don’t believe it would be the kind of impact city and county officials are seeking.

“This casino will remove about $40 million per year from the local economy, with $10 to $15 million of that coming from Cleveland County,” said Adam Forcade, who formed the Kings Mountain Awareness Group to spread the truth about the detrimental effects a casino could bring to the community and to ask elected officials to rethink their support of the South Carolina-based tribe’s efforts to get the Bureau of Indian Affairs to pave the way for a gambling complex.

“We do not dispute that a casino will make a huge amount of money; in fact a 2006 raid in Cleveland County on a store with four illegal video poker machines seized $376,000, but where does it come from?” Forcade asked the Kings Mountain City Council Tuesday night.

“We doubt that there were large numbers of tourists coming here then to gamble illegally, so it is evident that the money comes from the local economy, and, for economic purposes, is money that is no longer spent locally.” Read the rest of this entry »

Opposition to Sampson County’s Beer and Wine Referendum Continues to Mount

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
March 27, 2014

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Pic: Courtesy of Sampson Independent, Clinton, NC

As the Christian Action League had reported earlier, officials in Turkey, one of a handful of dry towns in Sampson County that would be thrown open to alcohol sales if the referendum is approved, passed a resolution in opposition March 18. A few days later, Salemburg followed suit, with Mayor Bobby Strickland rejecting the idea that booze brings in business.

“Somebody has the wrong idea on trying to make revenue,” he told the media.

The economic argument was also addressed at Tuesday’s rally at Clinton Community Church. Read the rest of this entry »