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Baptists and Anti-Gay Groups Hold Marriage Rally in Raleigh, NC


Hundreds of people gathered outside the state capitol in Raleigh, North Carolina to attend a rally sponsored by Return America and NC4Marriage yesterday:

 "According to its website, Return America is dedicated to many issues related to Judeo-Christian values, including the sanctity of marriage and family values. NC4 Marriage defines itself as 'a statewide coalition of voters, churches, ministry and denominational leaders, policy organizations, and political leaders who are working together to get a Marriage Protection Amendment bill passed by the General Assembly.' Both groups hope to see the Defense of Marriage Act added to November's ballot and ultimately added to the state constitution."

Raleigh2The News & Observer said the crowd was made up of mostly Baptists: "Two well-known conservative Christian commentators who spoke at the rally described a breakdown of society should gay couples be allowed to marry -- including a rise in single-parent households and in the number of dependents wanting Social Security and health insurance benefits. David Gibbs III, a lawyer who in 2005 fought to keep brain-damaged Terri Schiavo on life support, told rally participants gay marriage would 'open the door to unusual marriage in North Carolina. 'Why not polygamy, or three or four spouses?' Gibbs asked. 'Maybe people will want to marry their pets or robots.'"

The rally was in support of North Carolina lawmaker Jim Forrester's recent proposal for a constitutional amendment declaring marriage between a man and a woman.

I've posted a short video of one of their earlier rallies, AFTER THE JUMP...

Loads o' fun.<p>

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  1. There are how many thousands of people without jobs, healthcare and homes and these people are protesting against marriage for same-sex couples?

    There is something so un-Christian about the whole thing.

    Posted by: Michael Crawford | Mar 4, 2009 5:32:51 PM

  2. I'd love to make an intelligent comment about this but the only thing that comes to mind is my immediate visceral resonse.

    I hate you all, you miserable fuckbags and I hope the Chinese space orbiter falls out of the fucking sky and lands on you, you stupid fucking white trash, inbred embarrassment to the human species!

    No wonder aliens won't actually land here and say hello.

    Posted by: Eric | Mar 4, 2009 5:41:44 PM

  3. In generations to come their words today will shame their descendants.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Mar 4, 2009 5:45:53 PM

  4. A poisonous bunch of Narcissists. All they do is embitter. Look them up on the internet; they're real.

    Posted by: JD | Mar 4, 2009 6:01:08 PM

  5. I would totally marry R2-D2.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 4, 2009 6:08:57 PM

  6. Bigots don't get put on stamps.

    Posted by: homer | Mar 4, 2009 6:09:44 PM

  7. anytime i hear the Christers blathering about the sanctity of marriage at the same time they're protesting gay marriage rights, i wish they would instead focus on how DIVORCE laws are hurting their precious sanctity of marriage.

    If that bullshit line about sanctity of marriage were really their point, these protesters would be up in arms to change the law about DIVORCE. It should be clear they're really against GAYS here, not protecting the sanctity of marriage.

    Sometimes i wish the gay side of the marriage debate, the ones who say "it's our human right" and so forth, would realize that repeating that mantra never seems to change the Christers minds.

    Christ never said 1 word about gays. They have no ownership of Jesus or God in their (false) piety on this issue.

    Tell the haters to work on dismantling the divorce laws & leave gay folks out of it. Hopefully that would show the Straights who aren't taking sides on this issue how deluded & hurtful these protesters really are.

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 4, 2009 6:13:40 PM

  8. I've had my fill of religious people thinking that they have the right to dictate public policy based on their religious beliefs. Our government is not run from the Bible. Why these Baptists don't understand that simple fact is frustrating and dumbfounding.

    If their strongest argument is that gay marriage will lead to animal or robot marriage, why are they even bothering? That is quite possibly the dumbest statement I've ever heard. Anyone that takes their concerns seriously should be removed from office.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Mar 4, 2009 6:16:12 PM

  9. When they push to criminalize divorce and all pre-marital sex, I'll almost begin to take these hypocritical scum seriously.

    Posted by: paul c | Mar 4, 2009 6:34:28 PM

  10. Fairy tales are not a basis for public policy.

    Posted by: MAJeff | Mar 4, 2009 6:39:47 PM

  11. Isn't it ironic this story follows a story about a gay bashing.

    These fuckers are not only just as bad, but part of reason people are beaten like the man in Dallas.

    "Christian" my ass!

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Mar 4, 2009 6:59:17 PM

  12. While I would publicly denounce ANY attempt by a crazed, lone, queer gunman who fired randomly into the crowd, I would NOT be surprised when/if it does eventually happen one day.

    Some of us have "anger issues" that are VERY real against those who persecute us; "violent rage" may be a better way to describe it. And this RAGE is growing exponentially. Again, it would be WRONG to harm those who harm us, but........

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Mar 4, 2009 7:52:18 PM

  13. These Christians think it is safe to openly attack the gay community. They would like to attack Jews but can't do it openly anymore. They have merely changed their focus, not their character.

    They are a result of the poor educational standards that surrounded their upbringing. Pity them for their ignorant ways.

    Posted by: jessejames | Mar 4, 2009 10:38:57 PM

  14. No, I think that would be a terrible mistake not because I'm all that concerned with the value of their lives, but how it would look and how they'd use it to substantiate their baseless propaganda that they're under attack from the godless homosexuals and their agenda...

    They promote violence with their hate speech and rhetoric--they have blood on their hands. But, it would just terrible if a gay person were to exact much deserved revenge on them, because it would harm us more than help us.

    As far as lighting cars on fire and rioting...more of that needs to happen. That's the kind of leverage (fear) that wins rights.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 4, 2009 10:42:58 PM

  15. NARCISSISM. NARCISSISM. NARCISSISM. NARCISSISM. NARCISSISM. NARCISSISM. You'll find what a narcissist when you type it up.

    Posted by: JD | Mar 4, 2009 11:34:05 PM

  16. "Narcissism Goes to Church: Encountering Evangelical Worship" by Monte Wilson

    Posted by: JD | Mar 5, 2009 1:12:13 AM

  17. The Charcoal Hearted. All they only do is embitter.

    Posted by: JD | Mar 5, 2009 1:23:33 AM

  18. This is but one of the many reasons why I could stand to live in NC for no more than a year and a half.

    Its landscape is faked, its baptists bereft of any higher power, its glbt spineless and ineffective. Why anyone would even care to visit is beyond me.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 5, 2009 9:31:01 AM

  19. It is unfortunate to see these "Christians" exhibiting their destructive and skewed views of morality and religion. However, many Christians I grew up and attended church with at a large well-funded and old southern baptist church in Charlotte, NC do not share these hateful and outdated beliefs. My church and several other large NC congregations have denounced, and therefore dropped memberships with, the Baptist State Convention of NC since their newly revised charter specifically prohibits openly-identified gays in ministerial positions as well as general acceptance into the congregation. (Myers Park Baptist Church, St. John's Baptist Church, and now others) Hopefully, brave and intelligent pastors who head these progressive churches will redefine what it means to be a 'conservative' baptist in the south.

    Posted by: JH | Mar 5, 2009 1:04:22 PM

  20. "Its glbt spineless and ineffective."

    And apparently you can also include the religious moderates (like all religious moderates) who help the fundies and provide token "doctrinal disagreements".

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 5, 2009 2:02:19 PM

  21. My nanny was a Baptist, she used to tell me that I would go to hell, my mother is catholic and said that I am already burning my soul in hell while I'm still alive... SO I'm used to being bashed...

    Oh and trivia from the bible:
    Bigotry is a sin; Hatred is Evil;
    and Judging isn't for humans...

    The Rally is BULLSHIT. Half of these people should actually READ the damn bible and not take the preachers word for it.

    Posted by: buie | Mar 11, 2009 3:06:37 PM

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    Posted by: Dnebiviza | Mar 31, 2009 4:05:45 PM

  23. i let guy get marry i am bi it is are chosie to love who we what not you i been bi every sin i was 8 years old now i am 20 years old it ant you choics to chose how we love it is are chose to love who we what you tell me what wronge is it to love a woman and woman and man and man?

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