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Governor McCrory Wants Stay in Any Marriage Ruling Prior to SCOTUS Decision

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 29, 2014

Gov. Pat McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory

RALEIGH — “I firmly believe a marriage is between a man and woman, but I’m going to respect our Supreme Court and the Constitution of the U.S., and that’s what we ought to let happen,” N.C. Governor Pat McCrory announced this week in the wake of Equality NC’s efforts to undermine the state’s Marriage Protection Amendment.

The pro-homosexual group presented him with some 12,000 petitions asking him not to defend the MPA.

“Thankfully, our Governor hasn’t changed his mind on this issue and isn’t following the lead of State Attorney General Roy Cooper, who refuses to defend the law,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

In fact, Gov. McCrory has said that if a court rules the MPA unconstitutional, as has happened in Virginia with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, a legal stay should still be put in place until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the matter.

“We’re going to let the process work. During that process we ought to have a stay to allow the current law to remain in place,” McCrory told the media. “But this is going to the Supreme Court for all the states.”

The Governor’s spokesman, Ryan Tronovitch, reminded reporters that “as of now, North Carolina’s marriage amendment remains in full force and effect.”

“To ensure that our laws remain in effect until the final Supreme Court ruling, we call on the Attorney General to request a stay in North Carolina’s pending cases,” he added.

More than a month ago, Dr. Creech was among a group of pastors from across the state who gathered outside the Capitol to challenge both McCrory and Cooper to use every legal means necessary to defend the MPA passed by Tar Heel voters 61 to 39 percent on May 8, 2012. The event was led by the N.C. Pastor’s Network.