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Billy Graham says that he "never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage."
May 3rd, 2012
11:49 AM ET

Billy Graham backs North Carolina amendment to ban gay marriage

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)– The Rev. Billy Graham, the world's best-known evangelist, has endorsed a ballot initiative to constitutionally ban gay marriage in his home state of North Carolina, a rare move for a preacher who has typically avoided political fights.

North Carolinians will vote on the state's Marriage Amendment Act before North Carolina voters next Tuesday.

Voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to say that "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State."

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North Carolina already bans same-sex marriages. The amendment would effectively ban civil unions and domestic partnerships, too.

Graham is taking out full-page ads in 14 North Carolina newspapers touting his support for the measure. His website he encourages churches to download a poster that bears his image and the message "Vote for Marriage May 8th."

“Watching the moral decline of our country causes me great concern," the 93-year-old pastor, who has prayed with every president since Dwight Eisenhower, said in a statement on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. "I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected.”

The statement continued to say that Graham "never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage."

Graham's newspaper ad will say: "The Bible is clear—God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment on Tuesday, May 8. God bless you as you vote.”

The bill proposing the amendment says only a simple majority of votes is needed for the amendment to pass.

Supporters of the amendment hailed Graham's endorsement.

"Reverend Graham understands that we as North Carolinians have a duty to preserve God’s first institution–marriage," said Tami Fitzgerald, Chairwoman of Vote FOR Marriage NC,  a group supporting the measure, in a statement. "We cannot be silent as activists work to radically redefine marriage—an institution that has been fundamental to our civilization for thousands of years.”

Opponents of the amendment lamented the move.

“While we were disappointed to see his endorsement it doesn’t change much,” said Paul Guequierre a spokesman for the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families. The coalition, which includes pastors from across the theological spectrum, opposes the amendment. “We have respect for (Graham) but we will continue to work with our clergy on this.”

“People across the country support LGBT equality,” Guequierre said, adding his group was cautiously optimistic about the vote on Tuesday.

While Graham may be an internationally known figure, his influence in North Carolina may be even larger. Charlotte is home to the Billy Graham Parkway. When the Billy Graham Library opened in Charlotte in 2007, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter came for the opening ceremony.

Graham's son Franklin Graham and daughter Anne Graham Lotz have both voiced support for the amendment and both have taken political stands in the past, in contrast to their father.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Billy Graham • Christianity • Gay marriage • Gay rights • Politics

soundoff (2,998 Responses)
  1. Huebert

    And in other news, haters gonna hate.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Fritz Murmeltiertag

      And they hate gays the most.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      I suggest we draft a bill demanding stoning of anyone eating shellfish, and of any children who are disrespectful to their parents.
      Both ideas are just as valid as banning gay marriage because of religious lunacy.

      May 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Lois

      Your hate is coming in loud and clear.

      May 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Lois

      How so?

      May 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Adam and Eve, not....

      You know the rest. Adam and Steve are mentioned NO WHERE in God's Word. No one can impune Billy Graham's stellar reputation. No one.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Huebert

      Do you really believe that Adam and Eve were real people?

      May 4, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  2. *facepalm*

    Holly has to be a Poe ... right? I mean, saying things that are just monumentally, obviously wrong – she can't POSSIBLY for real, right?

    May 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      I'm just here standing up for what is "right", along side Billy Graham, which is interesting since I don't particularly agree with his religious preachings.f

      May 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "I'm just here standing up for what is "right", along side Billy Graham"

      Nowhere in your bible does your god condemn the saved loving respectful relationship of a gay couple. What your god does condemn is male prostitution, pagan worship using sex and idolatry. Nothing more. Part of reading comprehension 101 is you put the scriptures into historical context.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Fritz Murmeltiertag

      She is too adamant to be a Poe. She is the real deal, a wingnut, a crackpot, a cuckoo, a dingbat, a nincompoop, a kook, a lamebrain, a screwball, a whacko, a nut, a looney, a fruitcake, a harebrain, a blockhead, a dumbbell, a blockhead . . . a Christian.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Holly

      You're not standing up for what is "right" you are actively disse.minating misinformation. Many eastern cultures, the ancient Chinese or early Muslim for example, allowed for men to have many wives. Their are also cultures in the Andes mountains where it is common for one woman to have multiple husbands. In Thailand "lady-boys" are considered a third gender unto themselves and relationship between a male and a lady-boy is not considered ho.mose.xual in that culture. Saying that one particular type of marriage is the foundation of every society is a completely incorrect and unsupportable position.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  3. Darwin

    Children of the Corn

    May 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  4. jimtanker

    "Holly in CA

    Same-gender marriage is not a civil right. Marriage between man and woman has been the foundation of society for thousands of years."

    You do know that the ONLY place in the bible that it states that marriage is between ONE woman and ONE man is when it is for priests right? Do some research and learn more about your little book of fiction.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      you are incorrect

      May 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • momoya

      If we're going to go by the bible than men can marry multiple women and have harems of prosti.tutes like the wisest man in the bible (Solomon).. In fact, almost all the "great men of faith" in the bible had multiple wives.. Of course, we'd have to start owning slaves, selling our daughters into slavery and killing kids who talk back or work on the sabbath so...

      May 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • BRC

      @Holly,
      Your statement doesn't show or prove anything, just saying "you're wrong" doesn't make the other person wrong, it means you don't agree with them. Do you have proof that he's wrong? I've been through this discussion before, I've seen passages quoted and I've only ever seen evidence that Jintanker is right, do you have something to the contrary other than an opinion?

      May 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      @BRC...a simple Bible dictionary search will show all the scriptures on this topic. CNN readers are not babies. They can search for themselves if they feel so inclined. Furthermore, it was apparent that this person making such a ridiculous statement has neither read nor studied the Bible. It is worth it to argue with ignorance?

      May 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "a simple Bible dictionary search will show all the scriptures on this topic. CNN readers are not babies. They can search for themselves if they feel so inclined. Furthermore, it was apparent that this person making such a ridiculous statement has neither read nor studied the Bible. It is worth it to argue with ignorance?"

      In other words you don't have proof. Plus don't you all just love the lies in this post, breaking one of the Ten Commandments just shows what a hypocrite you are. LOL!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      @YeahRight...you made my point.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • BRC

      @Holly,
      Actually pretty sure Jim HAS read the bible, and even if he hasn't, I have have read much of it, and taken the time to get input on the parts of it I haven't read yet. I am not speaking from a place of ignorance, but curiosity. You are making a claim, all the information and research I have seen so far says that claim is wrong. can you provide any proof that your claim is true?

      May 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "@YeahRight...you made my point."

      Nice deflection but that's because you don't have a valid point, just lies. Keep on lying and proving my point. LOL!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • airforce1990

      Oh Jim......you are wrong again. Jesus states in Matthew 19 that:

      4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

      5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

      6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

      I don't see anything about men marrying men or women marrying women.
      If you're gonna talk about the Bible get it right.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Huebert

      Luckily the bible is an amalgamation of bronze age mythology from the middle east, and thus it has no authority beyond those who believe it does.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • BioHzrd

      All this talk of what the bible says is right is really a non-issue since we do not live in a theocracy. Many other religions and those who don't believe have to live in this country too under the same laws. Not God's laws, but Man's Law. The church does not decide our law, we do and not all of us give a hoot what the bible says. If you believe in God and want to abide by the Bible's teaching, good for you, but you do that over there and don't use our laws to legislate what "you" think is morally right. I can google Bible passages just as easily as the next person to justify that people of different races should not marry, but it is not against the law nor should someone who doesn't follow the Bible have to follow your religion.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Duh

      Yeah and slavery was in the buybull and "legal" for thousands of years through many different governments and societies, does that make it OK? No. Stupid, stupid people believing in a 5000 year old text written by cretins.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  5. Jean, Des Moines, Iowa.

    Holly: I take it you think you know history of the earth so well by stating marriage has "always been between one man and one woman." After the beginning of the written word and from the history of ancients – men had multiple wives and concubines. marriage was economically based – territory, livestock, and goods were the basis for what you would deem as "marriage." Before written history (many mileniums ago), we would assume the same took place and there was no such thing as "the Christian religious marriage" as you seem to believe has been ongoing for possibly 500,000 or more years!. Every race, tribe and culture had their own beliefs and customs regarding "perpetuating the species."

    May 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      You can make all the assumptions you want using your 21st century reasoning but as far as written history is concerned, marriage has always been between man and woman.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • momoya

      NOPE.. The definition of marriage changes according to culture.. It's why your bible heros had multiple wives and why some societies had multiple husbands for one wife.. You're not even recognizing established, historical fact, now.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • BRC

      @Holly,
      Proof please.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      "assumptions you want using your 21st century reasoning"

      Living according to something written 2000 years ago doesn't mean it is accurate info. Living in the 21st century is a good thing!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • george

      I'm betting Holly thinks the world is 6000 years old.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  6. Keith A. Sillsbury

    billy boy needs to sit down and shut up. His hatred has been taught long enough, it's time to end it. It's not my thing but I understand where the gay community is coming from. No religion owns marriage. No government. no one person or being ( real or imaginary). Marriage is in the mind. If you say your married, you are( period). no one can take it away from you. on one can deny you of it. If I could, I would outlaw ALL marriage but I can't because it is in the mind.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  7. Holly in CA

    The civil rights argument is ridiculous. We currently have equal rights for marriage under the laws. Every American adult male has the right to marry an adult female and every female has the right to marry a male. All Men and all women have those same rights regardless of race, age, or socioeconomic status. Fighting for a new definition of marriage, and saying if we don't change it civil rights are taken away, is ludicrous. Every American has the same civil rights regarding marriage.

    Also, the argument of "marry who you love" is a stupid one. Some men love multiple women (and polygamy is prohibited). Some men love little girls or little boys (also not permitted under the law). Some men love an animal (disgusting but true). Marriage has always had limits and boundaries. Expanding them to include these and other alternative lifestyles is not good for society.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • J.W

      It is a contract between two consenting adults. Little boys and girls are not consenting adults and neither are animals. Plus gay marriage does not cause any harm to anyone. It does not affect hetero marriages or families.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • BRC

      @Holly,
      Yes, every American currently has the same rights in regards to marriage, but those rights are flawed. Any consenting adult shoudl be allowed to marry any other consenting adult. THAT would be equality (children can't consent, they're children, nor can animals; bringing them into the conversation is inflamatory and irrelivent). As for polygamy, the only reason it should be illegal is because it presents a HOST of contractual and custody issues if there is ever a seperation; if they could figure out a contract that was implemented prior to the marriage that solved that problem, wouldn't be much of an argument against it left.

      As for "redefining" marriage; who defined marriage as between one man and one woman? Why is their deffinition right?

      May 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • J.W

      Plus there was a time when people of different races were not allowed to marry. I am sure people used the same argument "everyone has the same rights, the right to marry someone of the same race as them."

      May 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      @J.W....on the contrary, studies show gay marriage greatly affects children raised by gay couples. Children are better off in a home with a mother and a father.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Every American has the same civil rights regarding marriage."

      Wow are you stupid, gays and lesbians do not.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Expanding them to include these and other alternative lifestyles is not good for society."

      The experts around the world have proven that being gay is NOT a choice, it can't be voluntarily changed and it's not a mental illness. Their relationships are just as loving and committed as straight couples on a prejudice person views it otherwise.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      @YeahRight...it's about men and women. All men and all women have the same rights in accordance with tradition, history, religion, and the laws of nature. Under the law men can marry women and women can marry men. Why do some people want to change that? Justification for their chosen lifestyle perhaps? Who knows.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "studies show gay marriage greatly affects children raised by gay couples."

      WRONG – Social science has shown that the concerns often raised about children of lesbian and gay parents—concerns that are generally grounded in prejudice against and stereotypes about gay people—are unfounded. Overall, the research indicates that the children of lesbian and gay parents do not differ markedly from the children of heterosexual parents in their development, adjustment, or overall well-being.

      Notice the prejudice and stereotype part, that's YOU!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • YeahRight

      All men and all women have the same rights in accordance with tradition, history, religion, and the laws of nature. Under the law men can marry women and women can marry men. Why do some people want to change that? "

      Because the experts around the world have shown that being gay or lesbian is NORMAL!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • J.W

      You say that studies show that children raised by gays is harmful for children, but they dont say what that 'harm' is. The negative effects they usually mean is something like children raise by gays will be more accepting of ho.mo.s3xuality.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Duh

      Might as well say that I can only marry Left handed people. It is stupid to think that the government should control any aspect of who can be betrothed to whom, except for species and age. Other than that, keep your f(*&ing nose out of my bedroom.

      “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot.” – Thomas Jefferson

      “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.” – James Madison

      May 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  8. The Bottom Line

    Religion = bigotry

    May 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • jimtanker

      Right on!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  9. BRC

    "an insttution that has been fundamental to our civilization for thousands of years"

    Our nation (if you count our time as colonies) has only been around a few hundred years... so no. If the point of that was that the insttution of marriage as between one man and one woman has been fundemental to our species for thousands of years... no it hasn't. in those thousands of years there has been every different permutation of marriage (polygamy with wives, polygamy with husbands, divorce, individual, same gender, noe formal system of "marriage") imaginable, they have always just been aspects of the culture they came from. Marriage pre-dates Christianity, and in the foundations of Christianity, their argument isn't very well served. You have the OT, where polygamy is very much the norm, and you have the NT, where Jesus pays is no attention and Paul says you should only ever get married if you just absolutely can't keep it in your pants.

    Traditional marriage is a myth, traditional marriage in reference to this nation is between a man and a woman, but that came from our age of ignorance and immaturaty, when we though race mattered and clung to other now completely unacceptable social beliefs.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      I'll but two of whatever it is your chomping down on! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      May 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • BRC

      I'm having a cliff bar for lunch, you can get them at most grocery stores.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Sorry BRC,,,, I don't liquor anymore,,, haven't since Sept 5th, 2009! Soda pop and coffee are my stay's drinks! 🙂 🙂 😉

      May 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  10. Xtian fundie logic

    Love the sinner, hate the sin. You love the sinner so very much that you seek to limit their civil rights and make them second class citizens. Yes, Jesus would be proud.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      Same-gender marriage is not a civil right. Marriage between man and woman has been the foundation of society for thousands of years.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • BRC

      @Holly,
      No it hasn't. It has been an aspect of many societies for a few hundred years. So have gambling and alcoholism... they're just cultural markers, not vital foundations.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Xtian fundie logic

      Slavery – supported by your bible – was a foundation of society, and sitll is in some places, for thousands of years. Thus, by your logic, personal freedom is not a civil right.

      Time to grow up and move out of the 3rd century.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • BRC

      apollogies, meant to say a few thousand.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Terry one not upon bible thumpers and stay ever far away from pragmatical atheists who damn this for that! They are both of smaeness but are colored differently! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      May 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Terry,,,, Ooops,,, meant to write "Tarry" or dot not side with....

      May 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      smaeness,,,,, dang nabbit,,, I meant sameness

      May 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • harvardgrad

      Its immoral and goes against nature.........end of story ! Lets put a pair of gays on an island alone and see how long civilization last.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • 2tor

      "Mark them, and avoid them"

      Paul

      May 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  11. jimtanker

    I’m staging a National Day of Irreverence. My goal today is to break every one of the ten commandments in Exodus 20. For those of you who don’t know what the ten commandments are (xtians mostly) go look them up. I AM NOT suggesting that anyone go out and break the law but using the infamous “Way of the Master” version. Lust after a woman to commit adultery in your heart, covet things instead of stealing, and hate (someone who cuts you off in traffic or a minister who says that you should beat your kids if they are gay) instead of murder.

    Enjoy your National Day of Irreverence and pass this on to as many people as you can.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  12. Ben

    I'm not religious at all, but even I'm insulted when people use a religion that is supposed to be about love to promote hate. Vote this amendment down and Obama don't pray with this bigot.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • needNewGov

      I am a spiritual person and I am appalled how these religious zealots are killing Christianity. Sooo much hate and sooo little caring/loving people as they are. Who gives a crap about what gay people do in the privacy of their homes, how does this affect my marriage. Wish all these fundamentalists would go to the Middle East where they can all practice their own hateful religion.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  13. God's Oldest Dreamer

    All just a smoke & mirror waywardism to give solace to those who are leaning upon the cross in prayer mindives of stressful accordances! Betray not one's God is of leveraging partaking to elude and vary the masses allness recogning trivial accords! Such prayers cannot overwhelm a nation's malignancies in social disfigurements! True healing of a nation will come when all slaves of working classes will have an outright equality with the upper classes! The pawtriness of token salaries cannot emulate the masses cursing wants toward the upper classes of wealthiness who hordes and will not let go!

    So sayeth the one to slay the equalizer of tenured foolishness being a slobbering and babbling egoist! Tenure well your verbose commonwealth interactives! Spew forth one's unpleasentries to further the chasened and fill up your cups all! Put upon your plates the nuts and bolts and eat gingerly! Right-sided of left-with cannot compare to my bellowings of the infidel's looney tunes of sarcasms' dissentaries! Flowing to hell's kitchens wears well your mustard seeds children!

    May 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • airforce1990

      Are you on drugs? nothing you say makes any sense.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  14. J.W

    On his website there is a contact form with a space for a message. Everyone here should send him a message and tell him he is wrong.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  15. Juggling Squirrel-Jesus

    If the dear reverend wants to preserve marriage as god defines it in the bible, I suggest he team up with Warren Jeffs to bring back polygamy.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  16. *facepalm*

    I really don't get the religious rights response on this. They see that marriage, as an institution is declining: there's a very high divorce rate, nearly half of all children are born outside of a marriage, etc. And there response to this is to ... limit marriage ?!?!? There is most definitely an attach on marriage on this country – and it's coming from the evangelical right.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  17. momoya

    Look you christards, it's not your place to tell other people what they can and can't do because it's against YOUR moral code.. It's against YOUR code, so just don't do it yourself.. You can't dictate what other people can and can't do if there's not a PRACTICAL basis for the rule and the action isn't hurting anyone..

    Really, how dare you?!?!?!? Stuff your arrogance back down inside and quite waving it around in the air so everybody can see how disgusting your true opinions are..

    May 3, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Egocentric Fascist with a touch of tally whack'ems on the side!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • MK

      Speak for yourself and many of those who opposes Christianity! I see them all the time especially on this page.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  18. YeahRight

    "Reverend Graham understands that we as North Carolinians have a duty to preserve God’s first institution–marriage"

    The Christian god didn't event marriage. Duh!

    May 3, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Holly in CA

      actually he did

      May 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "actually he did"

      LMAO – Keep proving your own stupidity. LOL!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • airforce1990

      Ok. You can't really reason with anyone that doesn't believe the same thing that you do, but, God DID invent marriage according to the Bible. Now, you may not believe that, and that's OK. But you can't tell Holly that he didn't when she believes that the Bible says he did. What you can do though is say that you disagree with her. You can't definitively say he didn't when you don't know for sure.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • BRC

      @airforce,
      Marriage existed before the bible did OT or NT, and before either of the associated religions). How could it therefor have been created by one of those religions?

      May 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • airforce1990

      @brc.....I didn't say any particular religion created marriage. I said God created marriage. In Genesis one of the first things God did after creating Adam was to create his wife Eve. He didn't create another man and woman and give Adam a choice. He gave him a woman and told him to be fruitful and replenish the earth. So if the Bible account of the beginning of man's existence is correct that means marriage was to be between a man and woman. From the beginning of time....God created marriage.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  19. Holly in CA

    a powerful endorsement for an important ballot initiative : -)

    May 3, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • YeahRight

      So blocking peoples civil rights is a powerful endorsement huh? Wow the stupidity of people is just amazing.

      May 3, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • YeahRight

      I tell you what Holly when you get married we are going to strip you of all of these rights.

      Tax Benefits
      -–Filing joint income tax returns with the IRS and state taxing authorities.
      -–Creating a "family partnership" under federal tax laws, which allows you to divide business income among family members.

      Estate Planning Benefits
      -–Inheriting a share of your spouse's estate.
      -–Receiving an exemption from both estate taxes and gift taxes for all property you give or leave to your spouse.
      -–Creating life estate trusts that are restricted to married couples, including QTIP trusts, QDOT trusts, and marital deduction trusts.
      -–Obtaining priority if a conservator needs to be appointed for your spouse – that is, someone to make financial and/or medical decisions on your spouse's behalf.

      Government Benefits
      -–Receiving Social Security, Medicare, and disability benefits for spouses.
      -–Receiving veterans' and military benefits for spouses, such as those for education, medical care, or special loans.
      -–Receiving public as-sistance benefits.
      -–Employment Benefits
      -–Obtaining insurance benefits through a spouse's employer.
      -–Taking family leave to care for your spouse during an illness.
      -–Receiving wages, workers' compensation, and retirement plan benefits for a deceased spouse.
      -–Taking bereavement leave if your spouse or one of your spouse's close relatives dies.

      Medical Benefits
      -–Visiting your spouse in a hospital intensive care unit or during restricted visiting hours in other parts of a medical facility.
      -–Making medical decisions for your spouse if he or she becomes incapacitated and unable to express wishes for treatment.

      Death Benefits
      -–Consenting to after-death examinations and procedures.
      -–Making burial or other final arrangements.

      Family Benefits
      -–Filing for stepparent or joint adoption.
      -–Applying for joint foster care rights.
      -–Receiving equitable division of property if you divorce.
      -–Receiving spousal or child support, child custody, and visitation if you divorce.

      Housing Benefits
      -–Living in neighborhoods zoned for "families only."
      -–Automatically renewing leases signed by your spouse.

      Consumer Benefits
      -–Receiving family rates for health, homeowners', auto, and other types of insurance.
      -–Receiving tuition discounts and permission to use school facilities.
      -–Other consumer discounts and incentives offered only to married couples or families.
      -–Other Legal Benefits and Protections
      -–Suing a third person for wrongful death of your spouse and loss of consortium (loss of intimacy).
      -–Suing a third person for offenses that interfere with the success of your marriage, such as alienation of affection and criminal conversation (these laws are available in only a few states).
      -–Claiming the marital communications privilege, which means a court can't force you to disclose the contents of confidential communications between you and your spouse during your marriage.
      -–Receiving crime victims' recovery benefits if your spouse is the victim of a crime.
      -–Obtaining immigration and residency benefits for noncitizen spouse.
      -–Visiting rights in jails and other places where visitors are restricted to immediate family.

      May 3, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Holly in CA

      Marriage outside of ones gender is not a civil right. Marriage between one man and one woman is the foundation of society and always has been. It is a means for the creation of children and families.

      See some interesting stats comparing traditional families to gay families by the Family Research Council: http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS04C02

      May 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • J.W

      That article refers to hom.os3xual relationships, not ho.mos3xual marriages. When you compare the average hetero relationship to the average marriage it is probably much shorter too. Plus there were fewer places with legal gay marriage back then, and those stats are 8-10 years old.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      Holly – time to read your bible again. Monogamist marriage is certainly not a pillar of biblical society as we see many great leaders of the old testament had multiple wives. If you use the bible as your civil rights standard, you must allow for polygamist marriage (and you should still be allowing slavery).

      This is why it is a REALLY bad idea to use the bible to define a society's civil rights.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "It is a means for the creation of children and families. "

      LMAO keep showing your stupidity. Gays and lesbians create children and have families and the experts have proven their families are just as normal as straights. Your prejudice and bigotry is based on lies and aren't' founded in the real truth on this subject.

      May 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "A 2001 National Center for Health Statistics study on marriage and divorce statistics reported that 66 percent of first marriages last ten years or longer"

      LOL! 2001? LOL! Oh...that's right that is adultery and that is a major sin and your bible speaks more on that than what you're spewing. LOL!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • sftommy

      Billy and the State of North ?Carolina are powerless compared to God.

      When God brings to men or women together for his purposes it is blasphemous for other to doubt His word.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  20. J.W

    Well he is 93 years old. He is senile now.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      So sayeth the one to slay the equalizer of tenured foolishness being a slobbering and babbling egoist! Tenure well your verbose commonwealth interactives! Spew forth one's unpleasentries to further the chasened and fill up your cups all! Put upon your plates the nuts and bolts and eat gingerly! Right-sided of left-with cannot compare to my bellowings of the infidel's looney tunes of sarcasms' dissentaries! Flowing to hell's kitchens wears well your mustard seeds children!

      May 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • airforce1990

      @brc.....I didn't say any particular religion created marriage. I said God created marriage. In Genesis one of the first things God did after creating Adam was to create his wife Eve. He didn't create another man and woman and give Adam a choice. He gave him a woman and told him to be fruitful and replenish the earth. So if the Bible account of the beginning of man's existence is correct that means marriage was to be between a man and woman. From the beginning of time....God created marriage.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
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