Dr. Creech says it is the people who are the most passionate that will ultimately prevail on the marriage question
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
November 14, 2013
RALEIGH — Some 18 months after North Carolinians voted decisively to keep marriage between one man and one woman, homosexual activists are pushing harder than ever to thwart the constitutional amendment by recruiting politicians at every level to their cause.
“It is always those who are most passionate about a matter that win the day,” warned the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “Homosexual activists will continue to fight to redefine marriage, and we will have to fight with an even greater passion to defeat their efforts. We can never afford to tire in this battle.”
Emboldened by Attorney General Roy Cooper’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage even as he is bound by oath to defend the state’s Marriage Protection Amendment, Equality North Carolina is touting the number of politicians who are embracing its agenda, handing out awards to lawmakers who opposed the MPA and providing a platform for registers of deeds who will undermine state laws by allowing same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.
The organization just announced a new network of politicians, from Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger, who took part in the “We Do” publicity stunt, to Council of State members and legislators friendly to their cause, labeling them Electeds for Equality.
It also handed out awards to lawmakers at its Nov. 9 gala, where Cooper served as keynote speaker.
Rep. Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenburg) was honored for her opposition to the Marriage Protection Amendment and her work to inject sexual orientation and gender identity into teacher employment laws as classes deserving special protection. Similarly, the group rewarded Sen. Josh Stein (D-Wake) for his efforts to pass special sexual orientation employment protection laws in the Senate and his attempts to stop election reforms such as the Voter ID bill.
Even as gay activists push their agenda onto lawmakers in Raleigh, they are being further emboldened by national developments such as the June Supreme Court ruling that struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. They are also waging the battle against traditional marriage in state courts and in county level offices.
Peter Breen, senior counsel at the Thomas More Society, told the media recently that gay rights advocates are using county clerks and courts to make an end run around voters who have already spoken in support of traditional marriage.
John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, further decried attempts to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in states like North Carolina where such unions are not recognized by law.
“It’s lawless,” he told the media. “The clerks in states like Pennsylvania and New Mexico are issuing licenses without the legal authority to do it.”
Dr. Creech said the Tar Heel state is just one step, or perhaps one clerk of court, away from such activity since Reisinger has already accepted same-sex marriage applications as part of a push from the Campaign for Southern Equality.
“What they’re encouraging registers of deeds to do is to actually break the law,” Tami Fitzgerald, with N.C. Values Coalition, told the Associated Press. “They couldn’t win at the ballot, and now they’re trying to win by inciting lawlessness, which ultimately leads to anarchy.”
Although Reisinger didn’t issue the licenses, he accepted the applications and asked for an official ruling from Cooper, obviously hoping the Attorney General would defy the law. The campaign has since moved on to Cabarrus County this month and is headed to Rowan on Nov. 22.
“Obviously, homosexual forces in North Carolina won’t quit. They’ll do everything possible find clerks of court sympathetic to their cause and willing to break the law. They also won’t stop their push in Raleigh as long as there is a chance of hijacking employment bills or any other laws into which sexual orientation can be introduced,” said Dr. Creech.
“As believers of God’s word and what He has to say about marriage, we must be equally persistent and tenacious in promoting this sacred union as it always has been — one man, one woman. Like I said, it’s the passionate who win the day.”