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Watch: Thousands Rally for Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage in North Carolina


Thousands of conservative Christians rallied in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday in support of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The AP reports:

"It's time. It's time, North Carolina, it's time," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told a cheering crowd on the Halifax Mall. "It's time to protect from those in Washington and those activist judges who are willing to aid those who want to redefine and ultimate destroy marriage."

Writes the Fayetteville Observer:

State Capitol Police estimated about 3,500 people participated in the marriage amendment rally behind the Legislative Building and organized by the Forsyth County-based Return America group. Visitors carried placards, American and Christian flags and listened to ministers and other speakers argue it's time for the voters to cast yes or no votes for the amendment.

North Carolina is the only Southeastern state that hasn't approved an amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman. Thirty states have that prohibition in their state constitutions.

The AP adds:

About a dozen lawmakers were introduced at the rally, including two key House Republicans who said the question would be heard in the Legislature in 2011.

"It will get done this year," House Majority Leader Paul Stam, R-Wake, told the crowd.

Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said later it was likely the amendment also would be considered in his chamber this year, either in the current session or in an extra session later that would examine proposed constitutional amendments.

And watch the entire rally, via WRAL, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Still not really clear on how letting two people who love each other and want to make a public commitment to each other will "ultimately destroy marriage".

    There is no doubt that this will pass in NC just as it has done in every other state. It is just sad that so many people can get that worked up over something that has no personal impact on their life and only serves to make life more difficult for others. What a waste of energy and resources that could be put towards actually making the world a better place.

    Posted by: Chadd | May 18, 2011 10:36:16 AM

  2. "Watch the entire rally here." WHY?!! WHY would I want to waste my time watching a bunch of people who hate me? Seriously!!

    Posted by: AJ | May 18, 2011 10:38:32 AM

  3. I don't know why they bother - the world's going to end on Saturday anyway.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 18, 2011 10:39:23 AM

  4. @ Jack M: Excellent, thanks for the reminder/reality check. LOL.

    Posted by: DLB in ATL | May 18, 2011 10:44:00 AM

  5. The bigots can rage against the future all they want. If a constitution can be amended to take rights away from a minority group, it can be amended in a few years to give equal rights to a minority group.

    These politicians will be replaced soon enough by the next generation that does not share their ignorant views. History will record how they voted and how they treated a minority group. It appears they learned nothing from the first part of the civil rights movement. I believe they will be surprised how quickly the future arrives and how cold it is to be on the wrong side of history.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | May 18, 2011 10:49:53 AM

  6. I am glad to see the GOP still hard at work on jobs, reducing the deficit and all the other things they 'claim' to be focused on. Bunch of good for nothing arrogant bastards. You can kiss my big gay ass...we will get full equality and will not disappear. We are NOT going to be bridesmaids any longer.

    Posted by: paul | May 18, 2011 10:56:39 AM

  7. the time for being nice is WAY over! Im tired of Taking the High Road, all you get is Nosebleeds.

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | May 18, 2011 10:57:40 AM

  8. Oh well this WILL BE ANOTHER state in this Hateful country to avoid like the Plague of Bigotry it is.....and WHEN they flood, or Tornadoes strike..too bad, you wont get sympathy from me..get it from your SKY wont get Red Cross money from me either....Go Eat your Buybulls....fine, you Hate me..I hate you.

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | May 18, 2011 11:08:07 AM

  9. @JACK M - Actually, Judgement Day is on May 21, but the world won't end until Oct. 21. Which, conveniently, is 8 days BEFORE my birthday. Guess I'll have to celebrate before.

    Seriously though, it saddens me to see stuff like this. Perkins is hateful and bigoted and, yet, most likely a closet case, but the worst part is that this is his job. He gets paid very well to travel around the country and talk about "protecting" marriage. They chose his well. Ex-marine, married for more than 20 years to a WOMAN (betcha she has some stories to tell!!), and a good speaker. What he says is evil, but his delivery is quite credible. Which is what makes him so dangerous.

    Posted by: Gigi | May 18, 2011 11:26:08 AM

  10. I consider myself an intelligent citizen of these United States. I've lived a learned life of over six decades. Yet, for all I've read, seen and lived as a contributing worker to society, I still can't understand how my marriage to my same-sex partner of over thirty years destroys "marriage" or the American family or whatever the hell it is these Christianists rant-and-rave about every chance they get. They appear to be throwbacks to a much simpler time when someone's interpretation of their Bible was law with no one daring to question it openly. However, we live in a different time with a more open society in a country supposedly governed with an understanding of separation of church-and-state. With all the ills and evils at work in the world today, spending time, effort and money on an issue like defeating/preventing same-sex marriage between two loving adults makes no sense to me at all. I truly believe these Christianists are lost souls who don't understand nor accept the modern world. Such a sad lot.

    Posted by: Rob | May 18, 2011 11:37:59 AM

  11. It's time, it's time, Tony Perkins, for you to come out of the closet. It has turned you into a stifled little weasel.

    Posted by: Danny | May 18, 2011 11:47:09 AM

  12. The South does this repeatedly: they're on the wrong side of social issues again and again; and it takes them at least two generations to dig out when the law leaving them in the past is put in place. I so fkn hate the South. Of course, the South isn't the only place where this balderdash sells--I know that; but I grew up in North Carolina.

    Posted by: Danny | May 18, 2011 12:03:19 PM

  13. Is Maine in the South? How about Wyoming? California? Is that a Southern State, too? Oh, and New York--that great bastion of liberalism...can gays marry there yet? How about Michigan? Montana? Pennsylvania?

    As for Christians...look up the percentages of where Catholics stand on gay marriage--not the dogma, the people (hence the "ians" part). They are ahead of other denominations and even the agnostics.

    Instead of clumping and labeling people (those things you don't like being done to you) maybe you ought to target the people who are leading these movements.

    I live in the South and campaigned FOR gay marriage. I also attend Mass and spoke to my Bishop about why I disagree and my rights as a layperson in the Body of Christ.

    When my house is blown down by a Tornado should I not get help because of my location?


    Posted by: Rin | May 18, 2011 12:22:16 PM

  14. They're good at pulling a crowd. What do we get? Certainly not "thousands." Frustrating.

    Posted by: ANON IN SO CAL | May 18, 2011 12:26:58 PM

  15. Oh hell nah! Not in my NC! I take comfort in the fact that 3 thousand is not that much when you consider the total population of 9.5 million. Visit to get more information on helping to support LGBT rights in NC.

    Posted by: Greg | May 18, 2011 12:36:01 PM

  16. They cannot turn back time.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 18, 2011 2:46:36 PM

  17. Stop calling these damn things "anti-SSM"!

    They're ANTI-GAY, period.

    Posted by: BobN | May 18, 2011 3:34:19 PM

  18. To All: Please forward the following EQUALITY RALLY IN RALEIGH information on to all within your organizations, post it on your social media sites, upload it on to your web pages and please include it in your publications. Further we need to inform our families, our neighbors, our co-workers, our fellow church members, our neighborhood associations and our fellow community organizational members to contact all North Carolina State Legislators and let them know that Equality for all people is what matters and that we want them to stop the Senate Bill 106 and the House Bill 777, which are the proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. We need to make sure the entire population of North Carolina who truly believes in and is working toward EQUALITY for all people, learns about and has the opportunity to schedule to be in Raleigh for this EQUALITY RALLY event on Thursday, June 2, 2011. The Raleigh GLBT Report supports this RALLY.
    From: Angel Chandler []
    Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:11 AM
    To: Angel Chandler
    Subject: "Rally in Raleigh for Equality!" press release

    For all who believes in and works for everyone having Equality within North Carolina



    May 24, 2011


    Jonathan Green
    President, Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)
    Boone, NC
    Phone: 336-404-7147

    Angel Chandler
    North Carolina State Organizer, GetEQUAL
    Asheville, NC
    Phone: 828-337-1292

    Rally in Raleigh
    For Equality
    On June 2, 2011 from Noon - 2:00 PM
    North Carolina based groups Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) and GetEQUAL NC unite with other groups and individuals to fight SB106 and HB777 (the North Carolina anti-gay super-DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) on June 2, 2011. We will gather at the Halifax Mall at 16 W. Jones Street in Raleigh at Noon.
    SB106 and HB777 must be stopped and it is up to LGBT groups, individuals, and allies to do so. The proposed legislation would not only put an anti-gay marriage amendment on the 2012 ballot, it would also prevent private businesses and municipalities in NC from offering domestic partnership insurance benefits and make null and void Domestic Partnership Registries in the three cities in NC that offer them (Chapel Hill, Asheville and Carrboro); basically, it would end all relationship recognition outside of heterosexual marriage.
    According to Jonathan Green, President of SAGA, "In this time of misunderstanding and struggle it is important that there are those who are beacons of light, truth, and understanding and I am standing as one of those beacons and want you to join me and allow the only sovereign to rule you to be reason so that truth can finally take hold and prevail over those who want us to remain unequal so that we can be recognized for what we are, human beings who want and need to be recognized as equal citizens across our wonderful state!"

    Angel Chandler, North Carolina State Organizer for GetEQUAL NC, stated "You've heard the saying 'If you are not outraged you're not paying attention', but outrage is easy, action is hard. We have to be willing to do more than sign a petition or send in an email to our representatives. We have to be willing to take action. On June 2cd we will take a stand to let our North Carolina lawmakers know that we refuse to be even further alienated from and discriminated by our government. We are all equal, and it is time our government started treating us as such."

    Our message to NC legislators: we are your neighbors, your doctors, your lawyers, your teachers, your child care providers, your mothers, your fathers, your sons, your daughters, your brothers, your sisters. We are your constituents. We are your fellow human beings. We deserve more and will no longer settle for less than equality.

    ‘Rally in Raleigh’ speakers include:
    Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe)
    Rep. Patsy Keever (D-Buncombe)
    Chelsea Sayre, GetEQUAL NC
    Angel Chandler, GetEqual NC
    Jonathan Green, SAGA
    * More speakers to be announced *

    Rally in Raleigh For Equality!
    Thursday, June 2, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
    Halifax Mall
    16 W. Jones Street
    Raleigh, NC

    Unite to fight SB106 and HB777 (the North Carolina anti-gay super-DOMA)! The proposed legislation would not only put an anti-gay marriage amendment on the 2012 ballot, it would also prevent private businesses and municipalities in NC from offering domestic partnership insurance benefits and make null and void Domestic Partnership Registries in the three cities in NC that offer them (Chapel Hill, Asheville and Carrboro); basically, it would end all relationship recognition outside of heterosexual marriage.
    Jonathan Green, SAGA
    Angel Chandler, GetEQUAL NC
    Check out the facebook event page:!/event.php?eid=109963092422801
    SB106 Text:”SECTION 1. Article 14 of the North Carolina Constitution is amended by adding the following section:
    “Sec. 6. Marriage.
    Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state”
    SECTION 2. The amendment of Section 1 shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the State at the statewide general elections on November 6, 2012, which election shall be conducted under the laws then governing elections in the State. Ballots, voting systems, or both may be used in accordance with Chapter 163 of the General Statutes. The question to be used in the voting systems shall be:
    “[ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST
    Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized within the State”
    SECTION 3. If a majority of votes cast on the question are in favor of the amendment set out in Section 1 of this act, the State Board of Elections shall certify the amendment to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State shall enroll the amendment so certified among the permanent records of that office.
    SECTION 4. The amendment set out in Section 1 of this act becomes effective January 1, 2013.
    SECTION 5. This act is effective when it becomes law.”

    More information can be found at
    and the facebook event page at
    # # #
    For more information or media interviews please contact Jonathan Green (Phone: 336-404-7147
    Email: or Angel Chandler (Phone: 828-337-1292 Email:

    Angel Chandler


    Posted by: Willie D. Pilkington | May 27, 2011 5:23:13 AM

  19. The problem is religion, religion, and religion, wherever the geographical location. It is toxic cultural backwardness, insularity, that feed religion. There should be protests outside all schools of religion, outside of all "theological seminaries". Churches are businesses that should be taxed as such.

    Posted by: Clare | Jun 26, 2011 3:22:15 AM

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