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Number of Magistrates Who Resigned over Same-Sex Marriage is Larger than Reported Earlier

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
November 25, 2014

image002NORTH CAROLINA – According to Time Warner Cable News, more magistrates have resigned their posts because of their objections to performing same-sex marriages than previously reported. Since the ruling of Judge Max O. Cogburn of Asheville that knocked down the State’s Marriage Protection Amendment, sixteen judges have either retired or resigned.

Although the reason for their leaving was not stated by the Administrative Office of the Courts, TWC News has said they have been able to determine that at least 10 of the sixteen left because they were unwilling to perform gay nuptials.

TWC News says it reached out to many current and former magistrates who turned down their interview requests because “they either feared losing their jobs, while others feared for their safety saying they have received personal threats because of the controversial issue.” Read the rest of this entry »

Moore Selected by Republicans as Speaker Designee

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
November 25, 2014

Tim Moore

Rep. Tim Moore, House Speaker Designee

ASHEBORO – Saturday of last week NC House Republicans met in Asheboro and selected Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) to serve as the next Speaker of the House. Moore won the nomination on the first ballot, taking 37 votes of the 73 members present. Moore was one of six hopefuls for the position (Leo Daughtry, of Smithfield, John Blust, of Greensboro, Justin Burr, of Albemarle, Bryan Holloway, of King, and Mitchell Setzer, of Catawba).

The official vote for Speaker does not occur until the Legislature reconvenes in January. Nevertheless, because Republicans outnumber Democrats in the chamber 74-46, Moore’s election is certain as long as Republicans remain united on the matter.

Moore, 44, grew up in the small town of Kings Mountain in Cleveland County. Read the rest of this entry »

Freedom to Pray In Jesus’ Name Restored in Forsyth County

By M.H. Cavanuagh
Christian Action League
November 21, 2014

FreedomWINSTON-SALEM – Thursday, U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty lifted an order against the prayer policy of Forsyth County Commissioners. In 2010 the Commissioners were banned from allowing pre-meeting prayers offered in the name of Jesus Christ or other gods. Judge Beaty’s ruling is commensurate with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling; Town of Greece v. Galloway, which determined sectarian prayers were in line with a long national tradition as long as the prayers didn’t denigrate non-Christians or proselytize.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented Forsyth County, asked the District Court to lift its order based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling.

“All Americans should have the liberty to pray without being censored, just as the Supreme Court found only a few months ago, and we are delighted to see this freedom restored in Forsyth County,” said ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey. “The Supreme Court affirmed the freedom of Americans to pray according to their consciences before public meetings. For that reason, the district court was right to lift its previous order against Forsyth County’s prayer policy, which is clearly constitutional.” Read the rest of this entry »

NC Court of Appeals Hammers in another Nail to Board-Up Sweepstakes Gaming Operations

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
November 21, 2014

NailedRALEIGH – Tuesday a three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals hammered in another nail to board up sweepstakes gambling operations in the Tar Heel state.

The court upheld the convictions of sweepstakes café owner Richard Conoley Chapman and store manager Kawana Spruill from Edgecombe County. The two had claimed the sweepstakes games offered at their establishment were not in violation of the current ban because they used a pre-reveal system – a system that shows the patron the prize prior to playing instead of after playing.

The unanimous decision means the ruling cannot be appealed to the state Supreme Court, although the court could weigh in, if it at some point it chose to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

Prominent North Carolina Christian Activist Criticizes Governor over Claimed Defense of State’s Constitution

‘Where was McCrory’s concern for Constitution when marriage was under attack?’ asks Tami Fitzgerald
By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
November 20, 2014

Tami Fitzgerald

Tami Fitzgerald

RALEIGH – A respected and beloved North Carolina Christian Activist, Tami Fitzgerald, has released a statement leveling criticism at North Carolina’s Republican Governor, Pat McCrory. Fitzgerald is formerly the chairwoman of Vote FOR Marriage NC, and currently the executive director of the N.C. Values Coalition.

Her criticism follows Governor McCrory’s decision to sue the state’s legislative leadership to prohibit their ability to appoint members of independent state commissions. The Governor argues their power to appoint commissions encroaches upon his executive powers. Former Governors Jim Hunt and Jim Martin have joined the Governor in the lawsuit.

In a press statement the Governor stated:

“Upon taking office, I took an oath to uphold and defend the North Carolina Constitution. I have a duty to the people of North Carolina and future governors to protect the longstanding principles enshrined in our state’s constitution.” Read the rest of this entry »

Gaston County Board of Commissioners Make Strong Stand for Traditional Marriage

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
November 20, 2014

Gaston CountyGASTONIA – Gaston County Commissioners have unanimously approved a resolution stating their support for traditional marriage. The resolution was approved at their meeting Thursday, November 13.

The Commissioners’ action comes on the heels of a ruling by federal Judge Max O. Coburn in Asheville, declaring North Carolina’s Marriage Amendment as unconstitutional. Judge William Osteen in Greensboro also ruled that the state’s Marriage Amendment didn’t meet constitutional muster, but Osteen granted legislative leaders, Speaker Thom Tills and Senate President Pro-Tempore, Phil Berger standing to intervene, opening the door for an appeal.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said he would abide by a federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against Virginia’s Marriage Amendment as unconstitutional and would take no steps to defend North Carolina’s amendment. North Carolina falls under the 4th Circuit’s jurisdiction. Read the rest of this entry »

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Reaffirms Support for Traditional Marriage at Annual Meeting

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
November 14, 2014

NC BaptistsGREENSBORO – This week at their annual convention in Greensboro, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina reaffirmed its commitment to marriage as one man and one woman. The convention, which drew approximately 1800 delegates known as messengers, approved a resolution that declared their support for North Carolina’s marriage protection amendment. It also stated the history of the marriage amendment’s demise, the probability of US Supreme Court action, the commitment of Baptists to pray for the High Court’s decision, as well as their concerns for those persecuted for refusing to violate their deeply held convictions against same-sex marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

Homosexual Couple Files Complaint against Methodist Pastor in Winston-Salem

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
November 13, 2014

United MethodistWINSTON-SALEM – The United Methodist News Service (UMNS) is reporting that a Methodist pastor in Winston-Salem is facing a complaint under church law because he refuses to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony.

Kenneth Barner and Scott Chappell, a homosexual couple, are charging their pastor, Rev. Kelly P. Carpenter under the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline (BOD) with “failure to perform the work of ministry.” They argue the pastor of Green Street United Methodist Church is guilty of “gender discrimination” for not officiating over their vows and that the denomination’s rules forbidding UMC clergy from presiding over same-sex ceremonies create a contradiction in church policy.

The twist, however, is Rev. Carpenter is not a victim in the complaint, but actually a collaborator. Carpenter says he has followed the church’s prohibitions against same-sex marriages. Read the rest of this entry »

Berger Fights for Religious Liberty with a Righteous Indignation

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
November 13, 2014

CourtFor two weeks the Christian Action League has been reporting on a war of words between N.C. Senate Republicans lead by Senate Pro-Tempore, Phil Berger, and Judge John W. Smith, director of the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

The letter from Berger and other Senate Republicans stated magistrates that hold strong religious objections should not have to choose between giving up their jobs and violating their religious objections by performing same-sex marriages. The letter cites federal law, the First Amendment and judicial rulings that provide an exemption for magistrates. Read the rest of this entry »

Activist State Judge Rules on Marriage and says Missouri’s Constitution is Unconstitutional, US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Traditional Marriage

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
November 7, 2014

CourtA day after proponents of same-sex marriage began celebrating the fall of Missouri’s marriage protection amendment; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit issued a 2-1 ruling on Thursday upholding the rights of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee to define the sacred institution as between one man and one woman.

“In the Missouri case, the court’s ruling on marriage determined that the state’s Constitution was unconstitutional. That’s one of the most ludicrous rulings I’ve ever heard and clearly a blatant case of the worst kind of judicial abuse. My heavens, how can a Judge be so arrogant as to rule his own state’s constitution as unconstitutional?” said Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

“The significant thing about the 6th Circuit ruling, besides the fact that it rightly upholds traditional marriage, is that it gives the Supreme Court an appellate ruling that contradicts those from the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th circuits, meaning the High Court will virtually be forced to take up the issue, said Dr. Creech.” Read the rest of this entry »