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Debate on Same-Sex Marriage Not Likely to Subside, Religious Liberties are seriously at Stake

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
October 17, 2014

DebateIn its October 13th editorial, the Raleigh News and Observer argued that since same-sex marriage is now legal in the state, North Carolinians should move past the debate. “Now, we hope the debate will subside,” the paper wrote.

Although same-sex marriage supporters certainly want the issue to go away, that’s not likely to ever happen. For many, the opposition to same-sex marriage is deeply rooted in their religious convictions. Gay activists and others that affirm the lifestyle understand this, and, therefore, are determined to either humiliate or legislate people of faith that object into silence.

We already see this with the ascension of gay marriage in the Tar Heel state, when it’s still only in its infancy. Read the rest of this entry »

Berger and Tillis Permitted to Intervene and Plan to File Appeal on Same-Sex Marriage Cases

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 17, 2014

JudgeGREENSBORO – On Tuesday, US Chief Justice William Osteen in Greensboro was the second federal judge to overturn North Carolina’s marriage protection amendment as unconstitutional. US District Judge Max O. Cogburn in Asheville had made the same ruling Friday afternoon, October 10th, ushering gay marriage into the Tar Heel state.

Both Judges based their rulings on the Bostic v. Schaefer decision of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which struck down Virginia’s marriage amendment. North Carolina falls under the 4th Circuit’s jurisdiction. The Judges contended that the appellate court’s ruling must apply since the US Supreme Court decided not to review same-sex marriage rulings affecting Virginia and four other states. Read the rest of this entry »

Students, Community, Push-Back against Davidson County School System’s Banning of PA for Pregame Prayer

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 17, 2014

PrayerTHOMASVILLE – Samantha Warwick and Andrea Francis, students at Ledford High School in Thomasville, played in the school’s band. One evening during an away game at East Davidson High, they were inspired when they discovered that school’s practice was to have a pre-game prayer. Shortly thereafter, Samantha and Andrea made their way to the Principal’s office at Ledford to suggest the same for their school. The Principal was in full support, and pre-game invocations were implemented and practiced for a full year.

Then a letter arrived from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist group, claiming the practice was unconstitutional and threatening to sue the school system if it continued. The correspondence precipitated a meeting between Samantha, Andrea, their parents and Ledford High School’s principal, who explained Davidson County Schools, could no longer allow them use of the PA system for a pre-game prayer. They would only be allowed a moment of silence. Read the rest of this entry »

Same-Sex Marriage Decisions: The Constitution Protects Gays But Not Blacks and Women

By Frank Turek
CrossExamined.org
October 15, 2014

ConstitutionLast week, one unelected judge, overturned the will of 1,317,178 North Carolinians when he declared North Carolina’s definition of marriage in violation of the United States constitution. Judge Max Cogburn, appointed by President Obama, said that the definition 61 percent of voters approved just two years ago violated the “equal protection” clause of the 14th Amendment—the same rationale used by judges elsewhere to violate the expressed will of the people. This is beyond absurd.

It’s absurd rationally because everyone already has equal marriage rights. Every person has the same equal right to marry someone of the opposite sex. That law treats all people equally, but not every behavior they may desire equally. Same sex marriage and natural marriage are different behaviors with different outcomes, so the law rightfully treats them differently. One behavior perpetuates and stabilizes society, and the other doesn’t. Read the rest of this entry »

Franklin Graham: ‘Activist Judges Are Overturning the Will of the People’ in Gay Marriage Rulings

By Michael Gryboski
Christian Post
October 14, 2014

Franklin GrahamThe Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said Monday that “activist judges are overturning the will of the people,” when speaking about the 61 percent of North Carolina voters who supported an amendment banning same-sex marriage in their state.

“It’s sad when a judge is able to overrule the will of the people. This is a democracy and the people spoke. We’re seeing that activist judges across the country are overturning the will of the people,” Graham, a native of the state, said in an interview with NBC Charlotte. “We saw that in California. We’re now seeing it here in North Carolina now. I don’t know what will take place.” Read the rest of this entry »

Same-Sex Marriage Is Here: Protect Your Church’s Religious Liberties

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
October 13, 2014

Church Steeple Numerous pastors are now contacting the Christian Action League with concerns about protecting their churches from possible legal action, now that same-sex marriage has been declared the law of the land. Although I would not want to be an alarmist, let me simply say that they are rightly concerned.

After winning the valiant fight to place a constitutional amendment protecting marriage as one man and one woman in our state’s constitution, I don’t think most churches expected same-sex marriage to happen so quickly. Therefore, most of them have never taken steps to include in their bylaws language meant to afford their religious liberties with certain protections. It is nothing less than naïve to think gay activists will be satisfied with redefining marriage. Their pattern of action indicates their ultimate goal is to humiliate and silence all opposition. Churches should move decisively to protect their spiritual objectives, but with careful deliberation to also be open to minister to all.

The Christian Action League sees no need to reinvent the wheel. Alliance Defending Freedom, (ADF) “a unique legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith,” already provides documents to help with these concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

Statement Regarding Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

By North Carolina Lieutenant Governor, Dan Forest
Christian Action League
October 13, 2014

Dan Forest

Friday, an unelected federal judge violated the foundational principles of this great nation. In 1787, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and later by ratification, the states relinquished a limited amount of power to a federal government. The document we call the Constitution set out a detailed and enumerated list of powers to be held by the federal government, and in the Tenth Amendment the states left a reminder that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Read the rest of this entry »

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Take Steps Immediately to Help Defend our State’s Marriage Amendment

Churches should also prepare to protect their religious liberties

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
October 12, 2014

Selection_141012_01For those who understand that marriage is only one man and one woman, this past week has been a painful disappointment. US District Court Judge Max Cogburn in Asheville, late Friday afternoon, overturned North Carolina’s Constitutional Marriage Protection Amendment and by judicial fiat declared same-sex marriage is now legal across the state. There will be far-reaching ramifications for this decision, both spiritual and legal, if such an egregious ruling and abuse of power is allowed to stand. At this point, we will have to live with it, but we must never give up the fight – never – never – never.

I just received an email from a colleague of mine, Tami Fitzgerald, with the North Carolina Values Coalition. Fitzgerald also directed NC Vote for Marriage, the umbrella organization for a coalition of concerned citizen Christians who valiantly worked together in 2012 to get our marriage amendment passed by a 61% to 39% margin at the polls. Representing the Christian Action League, I was a part of the executive committee of NC Vote for Marriage and an integral part of its work and strategy – a partnership and service of which I am exceedingly humbled to have been a part.  Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina Marriage Protection Amendment Struck Down

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

Same Sex Marriage Legalized in NCThe announcement on Monday by the US Supreme Court that they would not take up any same-sex marriage cases on appeal resulted in quick action by the ACLU asking two federal judges in the state, US Chief Justice William Osteen and US District Judge Max Cogburn to overturn North Carolina’s constitutional marriage amendment.

Justice Osteen had previously placed the cases against North Carolina’s marriage amendment on hold, waiting to see what the US Supreme Court would do about the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Virginia’s marriage amendment was unconstitutional. North Carolina falls under the 4th Circuit’s decision. With the high court unwilling to consider the appeal on the Virginia ruling, Osteen lifted his stay on the cases against North Carolina’s marriage amendment and declared they could proceed. Read the rest of this entry »

NC Pro-Life Legislation Saves Thousands of Lives

By Kimberly Creech
Christian Action League
October 9, 2014

BabyThere are few sounds sweeter to me as a mom than the laughter of my two daughters.  I mean that deep down belly laugh that usually results in hiccups, which leads, of course, to even more laughter!  I love to hear my three year old laugh that hard and am just beginning to hear my 5 month old enjoy the world around her enough to laugh in that way.  I cannot imagine my life without them and I often wonder at what they will offer the world as they grow into the amazing women my husband and I are just beginning to see in them.

In 2010, through the practice of abortion, North Carolina destroyed the lives of 31,000 children with unknown possibilities and gifts.  The good news, however, is that more abortion restrictions were enacted in our state from 2011-2013 than in the previous decade – restrictions that have saved approximately 8,132 children thus far. Read the rest of this entry »