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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

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  1. MaxNatoma

    It's too bad he didn't come down on the side of love and tolerance.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Russ

      @ maxnatoma: it's not loving to "tolerate" injustice. would you say the same thing if the debate was over racism?

      May 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Madtown

      LOL!!!!!!! Gay marriage is an "injustice"? Upon whom? I think small-minded people should be encouraged to write for tv sit-coms, they say such funny things.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Russ

      @ madtown: yes, biblical Christians consider breaking God's law an injustice. even if you disagree, it would behove you to understand those with whom you disagree.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "biblical Christians consider breaking God's law an injustice. even if you disagree, it would behove you to understand those with whom you disagree."

      There are all kinds of laws in your bible but you aren't using those to block other peoples civil rights. Adultery is one of the major ones yet you are allowing adulterers to remarry without taking away their civil rights. What a hypocrite. Not to mention you are a sinner and pasting judgement on others is hysterical!

      May 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Russ

      @ yeahright: now you are simply making assumptions about me.

      as a Christian, i readily admit that adultery is a bigger problem in the united states than h0m0se.xuality. churches need to spend more time talking about that issue than this one. however, that doesn't mean we pretend as if something so clearly defined as sin is ok.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Madtown

      adultery is a bigger problem in the united states than h0m0se.xuality
      -----
      You're speaking out of both sides of your mouth, which is not the least bit surprising. Which is the "problem", gay marriage or h0 m0 s*xuality? You first said the gay marriage breaks "God's law", which is comedic gold since nowhere does it say this, nor could you possibly know what God's law is anyway, as the bible is a creation of man. Now, you say h0m0se.xuality is a sin? But, God created them that way, how could it possibly be a sin? God created you with your limited intellect, shall we assume that to be so blatantly cognitively challenged is also a sin? But why would it be, this is the way God created you!

      May 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Russ

      @ madtown: again, it would behoove (*correcting my former misspelling) you to understand your opponents positions in recognizable form. you are not accurately representing me in your criticisms.

      a) as I said: i'm a Christian. I do believe the Bible is God's Word.
      b) both adultery & h0m0se.xuality are sins – so both are wrong. it's not an either/or. but adultery is statistically more common in the US.
      c) Lady Gaga is wrong. being "born this way" does not mean God's approval anymore than a psychological predisposition to alcoholism does. Gen.3 makes this much clear: the fall corrupted us – which is our fault, not His.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • urouttolunch

      @Russ. So where's your campaign against eating shellfish and pork?

      May 3, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Madtown

      understand your opponents positions in recognizable form.
      ----–
      Well, I've read the bible, still do on occasion. I believe in God, but in more general terms. I don't believe any particular religion has the answers, because they are all creations of mankind. I've spent much time in church. I believe I understand you...as much as I need to. You say the bible is "God's word". I have trouble with that, because it defies basic logic as man wrote it. And ho mo s*xuality is a sin? Impossible, as it's not a choice.

      May 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • Russ

      @ outtolunch: again, you're attacking a straw man. read luke 24. see what Jesus is saying? the entire OT is about him. and notice in Acts – twice God tells Peter that the ceremonial (cleanliness) laws are abrogated because Jesus made them clean by what he did on the cross. if you really want to convince biblical Christians of your position, it helps not to straw man us (though I readily admit we are often, sadly, equally guilty of doing the same to those we oppose).

      May 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Russ

      @ madtown: like i said, you don't have to agree with me to begin to understand why i believe what i believe. if God chose to use human means to give his Word, who am i to tell him he can't? 1 Thess.2:13 is among many verses that address that very thing.

      in regard to it not being a choice: being born with a innate tendency toward something does not make it right. otherwise many psychopaths would have a rational argument that they were right in their actions.

      May 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Madtown

      God chose to use human means to give his Word
      ---–
      Huh? How many times do you need to hear it: HUMAN BEINGS WROTE THE BIBLE. You're so far gone, though, that you're willing to entertain that God "used them" to scribe his word?! Why was it then edited so often? Why did humans have to select the works that made up the bible? Why were equally relevant works left out of the bible? Why are there so many different versions? Clearly I'm not going to convince you, nor am I really trying to. Even the most basic logic is not able to penetrate your thick head.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Madtown

      being born with a innate tendency toward something does not make it right
      ----–
      "Right" according to who, you? You're as bigoted as anyone. Horrible analogy trying to equate with a psychopath, we're talking about s*xual preference. Are you gay? If so, when did you make the decision to be that way? Are you hetero? If so, when did you make the decision to be that way?

      Oh....you made no decision? Right, just like everyone else.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Russ

      @ madtown: your assumptions about biblical scholarship do not bear out. the bible is the most scrutinized, most read book in history. no other ancient text has such a wealth of attested manuscripts – and no scholar seriously entertains the notion that we have somehow lost the original content. here's a recent, brief article from a leading NT scholar:
      http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2012/03/21/an-interview-with-daniel-b-wallace-on-the-new-testament-manuscripts/

      the larger issue: philosophically, on what basis do you assume the Infinite cannot communicate with the finite – much less dictate the terms upon which it does so? at the very least, you must concede that is a FAITH-BASED conviction – the very thing you are criticizing.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Russ

      @ madtown: again, you are making assumptions about me that are incorrect. i did not say it was a choice – but neither are some alcoholics' inborn proclivity to alcoholism. does that make it right?

      your pejorative labels do not help the discussion – and they actually only contribute to further misinformation. i'm trying to tell you that you're attacking a position i don't hold.

      i am not gay – but i do allow that some are born with an innate tendency to h0m0se.xuality. in other words: i'm not saying it's a always a choice. BUT, that does not make it right (and I don't refrain from that term – in the same way that you believe it is both right & a civil right – we are both making a metaphysical appeal here). the whole question itself is determined based upon one's metaphysical convictions.

      do you see that? it's necessary for an honest discussion of our differences here – and an awareness that your convictions are equally susceptible to the same criticisms you are leveling.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "i'm not saying it's a always a choice. BUT, that does not make it right (and I don't refrain from that term – in the same way that you believe it is both right & a civil right – we are both making a metaphysical appeal here). the whole question itself is determined based upon one's metaphysical convictions. "

      The point is Russ the experts disagree with you, gays are entitled to have loving intimate relationships just like you are. They have families and those families have been proven to be stable and loving just like straight families. Your prejudice and bigotry is blocking you from understanding true love of others.

      May 4, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Russ

      @ yeahright: experts? WHICH experts? the very discussion presupposes a definition of life, love & marriage – yet you are arguing that i'm bigoted because i am open about my metaphysical convictions? do you recognize that you are making the same appeal?

      you think they are "ent.itled" to it... which assumes your experts have rightly defined life & love. i'm openly saying: God alone defines that. you strongly imply "don't bring your religion into the discussion," yet you & your experts EQUALLY have metaphysical convictions – you are just not divulging them. the entire discussion comes down to those underlying bases. are you willing to bring yours into the open?

      SUM: you are doing the very thing you're criticizing me for doing – yet acting as though it somehow disqualifies me from the discussion. that is self-refuting.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  2. PraiseTheLard

    There's no fool like an old fool...

    May 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • K

      Are you talking about yourself?? I pray that God will bless you with His wisdom and truth.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  3. javahawk24

    I thought the basis of christianity was to accept all of our neighbors even those who think or believe differently than our values.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Russ

      @ javahawk: that's a postmodern classic false dichotomy.
      Take for example John 7:53-8:11, where Jesus has an adulterous woman brought to him (probably naked). He runs off all of her accusers... then says "Go & sin no more."

      The cross itself says: it's this bad (you deserve death) but I love you this much (I'll die for you).
      Yes, all comers are welcome – but not to "stay just like you are." to think Jesus came to say "hey, you're great just like you are!" is to miss the primary content of what he said & did.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Brandon

      We are commanded to love your all people and Jesus did love all people. God however made marriage between 1 man and 1 woman. If you have a child and they do something against what you tell them you would punish them. You would still love them but you would punish them. God is the same way.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Stopabortion

      We as Christians have to love our neighbor, but hate the sin, cause offends The Lort....read the Bible

      May 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Madtown

      Brandon
      God however made marriage between 1 man and 1 woman
      ----–
      God didn't create marriage, human beings did.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • K

      You can't sugar code lies...we Christians should never miss treat others but we can't just agree to lies to make them happy neither. We love them all but wrong is wrong. We love you too but Jesus loves you more.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Brandon

      God created woman from man because there was no helper suitable for him upon creation of the animals, earth, etc. Genesis 2:22-25: And the Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from man, and brought her to the man. And the man said, This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh. She shalle be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man. For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall becoman one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. The orginal verision may have not said the exact word wife but it shoudl be common sense that God was referring to marriage in this verse.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  4. brody02

    Billy Graham has made millions on the fears of others.At 93 he should let the new generations decide what's best for people for today.I hope he can finish out his last few years loving everyone like he believes Jesus does.He always seems to like being with the wealthy and famous and taking from the poor and confused.The Bible reading has made him and his family very rich.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Brandon

      Billy is doing as commanded. He is trying to spread the word. If he as a Christian makes no attempt to do so he will have to answer to the Lord when it is his time. He has made money off of this and also gave a lot back. God never said that a rich man could not make it to heaven. He did say it would be hard. Most rich people few money as the most important thing, which becomes their god in a sense. I do no believe that to be the case with him. Also God rewards those who follow him and who have a strong faith. It looks like God has rewarded him. I know the counter argument is going to be way does God not reward all Christians. There are Christians that are poor and suffer every day. God will reward their faith once again. Their rewards will come in heaven.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Madtown

      Brandon
      Billy is doing as commanded
      ----
      By whom? And, how would you have the first idea what he was "commanded" to do? Did you witness it? Are you a friend of Billy's, with whom he's shared this order personally?

      May 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Brandon

      Matthew 28:18-20 (The Great Commision) 18-And Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19-Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 19-teaching them to observe all that I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Madtown

      Brandon
      Matthew 28:18-20
      ----
      Ah yes, the writings of man. Proof of everything.

      May 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  5. mm

    He's still alive?!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  6. JustWho

    Crawl back into your shell.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  7. Mike

    Yup. A 93 year old man who will be dead within 2 years sure is the voice of the future. Just die Billy, along with all you old farts who hold onto your Archie Bunker mentalities.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • K

      Why do you hate him so much because he doesn't agree with your gay life style?

      May 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  8. metb

    WOW, i never guess there was so many people that hated god and his word and his men doing his work. That being said we should just shut up and them have at it, it is GOD who will have the last laugh... Believe it or not we will all some day die and at that point the Christians will go on and all others left to be so sorry but it will to late. I hate that but you can't change a persons heart until they are ready for that.Look at how they are treating Billy Graham a man standing on his promise to try to preach to the unbeliever and save soles ... So have at it on me if you will ... But my prayers are that all of you people that don't know will before it is to late ,why do you Gods people so bad , because they stand for what is right ?I am no better than you as a human i just believe there is a higher power ...

    May 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • tony the tiger

      Please finish fourth grade before you try to engage the rest of us in adult conversation.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "i never guess there was so many people that hated god and his word and his men doing his work."

      You really think blocking a person's civil rights is your gods work huh? The experts around the world have proven that being gay is not a mental illness, it's not a choice and it can't be voluntarily changed. Nowhere in your bible does your god condemn the saved loving respectful gay couple as we know and understand it today.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • metb

      Oh Tony why are you so full of hate ? i love you too and wish you the very best in life....

      Nowhere in your bible does your god condemn the saved loving respectful gay couple as we know and understand it today.
      , No he does not he loves them to but does not like the sin of it...

      May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • BobInIrvine

      "Believe it or not we will all some day die and at that point the Christians will go on and all others left to be so sorry but it will to late."

      There's that "my God is better than your god b.s., again."

      May 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • metb

      I didn't say anything about your God or my God. Just GOD....

      May 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Madtown

      and his word
      ---
      What's "his word", the bible? Human beings wrote the bible. Human beings edited the bible. Human beings selected the individual works that comprise the bible. Human beings translated the bible. Human beings continuously offer new versions of the bible, when they feel their words need tweaking. How can you call this "God's word"? It's "man's word – about God".

      May 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "No he does not he loves them to but does not like the sin of it."

      Your god in your bible does not state that the loving saved gay couple is a sin. What your god does say is a sin is male prostitution, idolatry and pagan worship using sex is a sin.

      May 4, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  9. Atheist Hunter

    BAN GAY MARRIAGE BEFORE WE BECOME EXTINCT!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Gotta Love Christian "Logic"

      So you actually think that on this severely overpopulated planet, gay marriage will somehow make humans extinct?

      May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "BAN GAY MARRIAGE BEFORE WE BECOME EXTINCT!"

      We are already over populating the earth and at the rate we are going this planet won't be able to sustain all of us. Duh!

      May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Johnjon

      Atheist.............. YOU are the one that needs to be extinct.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • upstatenyman

      THANKS FOR SHOUTING! What a stupid statement to waste on caps.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Rebell:3

      Okay, so you are saying we would we extinct, with gay marriage?
      but, how is that,
      Many "straight" people get divorced BEFORE having children and then when they do, they have a bad life most likely (speak from experience, so no offense) so they might not have problems NOT having kids.
      Plus, if people are happy and in Love (no matter if they, women & women, man & man, or woman & man) they could still have kids.
      Unless you forgot, that is it possible for a women and women to have a kid. (egg transplant)
      And man and man can adopt.

      If you are fighting from the religion side, that God doesn't want gay marriage, and that he says that a women should be with a man, then do you think He would be smiling at you for breaking apart Love? For breaking apart the very thing that could burn down the world or keep it together.
      The ONE thing that keeps this world together, yet tears it apart.
      Adam and Eve in the garden.. Eve was made from man, and Adam loved her enough to eat the fruit, and to follow through with the aftereffects. They love each other and really, do them loving each other have ANYTHING to do with you.
      What if you were a guy and you loved this guy so much, but everyone around you said you were gross and nasty. Not worth their time, and not worthy enough of your friendship or understanding? But, yet you loved Him through it all but you weren't able to marry him. And people said God doesn't like your love for him!!!! That by loving him your are going directly against God's will. But, why would God do that.
      He made EVERYTHING am i right Christians?
      (and sorry for other religions despite what this may sound like i respect you, and youre belief.)

      But, im done for now

      May 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • urouttolunch

      So I guess you think if it's legal, it will become the predominant lifestyle? Interesting. I can tell you for sure, my straight friends aren't going to convert, just cuz they can. You must think a BUNCH of people who present themselves as straight, aren't.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  10. Sao

    ROMAN 1:21-32
    21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

    22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

    30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

    31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • tony the tiger

      as make-believe as harry potter and star wars.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • sftommy

      Look to Jesus and you'll find love...

      Look to books and you'll find the words of men, selected by men, edited by men, purported by men, believe in books at your peril, believe in Jesus' love for salvation...or just love everyone....

      May 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."

      Duh, they were using sex to worship their pagan god. That scripture has nothing to do with what we know today about gays. That scripture has nothing to do with the saved loving gay couple. That scripture has nothing to do with your right to block their civil rights.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Andrew Smith

      To Sao: The fellas from the mental hospital are looking for you. A bit of advice: If you want to avoid detection, wear gloves. That way people won't see the damage you've done dragging your knuckles.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Zenichi-Maro

      Who cares what Paul of Tarsus had to say to the early Roman church? How is that at ALL relevant to the civil rights of a distinct minority living in a SECULAR REPUBLIC. If you want a theocracy where your fairey tales are turned into legislation, may I suggest you check out the rental rates in Tehran? I'm sure you'd find a cozy, comfy home among the other whackjob adherents to your Sky Daddy Cult.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Ajmbkf

      Great versus... It's scary how obvious it is and they can't even see it...

      May 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "It's scary how obvious it is and they can't even see it.."

      Part of reading comprehension 101 is putting the scriptures into historical context, so you obviously missed that lesson in grade school.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Ajmbkf

      Yeahright you've been trolling on these comment boards for way to long. Go do something productive with your life instead of breathing fire behind a computer screen.. Condescending words from behind a computer hmmm and you say Christians need help.. As a MMA fighter if your looking for a fight go to your local MMA gym instead of melting ur keyboard with hate.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • urouttolunch

      Wow, what would you guys do without cut-and-paste? But the problem is, not everybody thinks that a quote from the Bible closes the argument. Especially in the good ol' USA, where we have a little thing called freedom of religion. It also seems to me (and a number of actual experts) that Saul of Tarsus may protest too much. We have a number of modern examples of similar behavior to consider. So...the bottom line is that what it says in your book is irrelevant in a political context.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  11. JC

    And in further breaking news......water is still very wet.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  12. Atheist Hunter

    Really people. He is a follower of Jesus Christ. What do you expect him to say. Glad he's got more guts that Joel Osteen. May God Bless Him for his stand!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Huebert

      I expect him to do exactly what he is doing, supporting bigotry. And i like your name, you should come hunt me it'll be fun;).

      May 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Really people. He is a follower of Jesus Christ. "

      LOL! Spreading hatred and bigotry toward a minority group is not what Christ was about. So can we block your civil rights because we believe your a bigot.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • K

      I agree...Paise to the Lord..Thank God we need more... Christians like him ..to stand up for truth..

      May 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "I agree...Paise to the Lord..Thank God we need more... Christians like him ..to stand up for truth.."

      Truth? You don't actually know the real truth today about gays do you. LOL! Nowhere n your bible does your god condemn the saved loving respectful relationship of gay couples.

      The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."

      May 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  13. Silkrose

    In regards to this quote:

    "People across the country support LGBT equality,”

    I DON'T SUPPORT, LGBT equality, merely tolerate it.

    "People across the country support LGBT equality,”

    May 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • tnfreethinker

      How sad. At least you admit you're a bigot.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Stopabortion

      I don't support it either...and I know a lot more 🙂

      May 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  14. Sheepleherder

    Divorce among "straight" people hover at 50% and they have the gall to dictate who should and who shouldn't love each other? Hateful little critters they grow down there.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Brandon

      Divorce rate is 50% even amoung Christians. That is because we are selfish and are not doing what God commanded. Divorce shoudl not be an option. If adultry is committed that that is the only basis. Even with that you should try to work through it. People in today society do not have any committ to anything and always put ones self before anything else.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Even with that you should try to work through it. People in today society do not have any committ to anything and always put ones self before anything else."

      You do know that there are gay and lesbian partnerships that are 30 – 50 years in their commitment to each other. It's why their civil rights shouldn't be violated.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Brandon

      I am just following God's standard not society when saying that marriage is between a man and a woman.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  15. Nancy

    I believe Billy Graham to be an honorable man, but he has missed the boat on this issue. We will find that as younger generations grow into control of the world, and older generations pass on, this topic will no longer be an issue.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Brandon

      He is just folling the commands of the Lord. I believe you are right and that the newer generations will go against what God has commanded. I do not agree with it but I do think you are right on that point.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Stopabortion

      God's word will never, never, ever change 🙂

      May 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • K

      God is same yesterday, today and tomorrow...God's word will never change...specially not base on your opions. Was wong 3000 years a go and is till wong. But good news is God's love for you will never change neither...He hates sin but loves siners.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • urouttolunch

      @K. Sorry, I have a pretty good vocabulary, but I'm not familiar with "wong." Since you used it twice, I assume you mean it. Please explain.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  16. jay

    Why don't we do this. Let religions have "marriage". Let them get "married" by their religious affiliation and have that religious group give them their certificate. For everyone else who wants equality let's remove the church/religious organizations and give unions to whomever feels they need one, man or woman, woman and woman and man and man. This would be a true separation of church and state and would protect everyone equally who wants those rights afforded by the law.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  17. matthisjane99@gmail.com

    This kind of bill is really an assault on equal protection under the law. This is a matter of civil rights. Surely, justice will eventually prevail. Like it or not, the Supreme Court will be asked to rule on this matter, and some of the justices will squirm.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  18. Rebel4Christ

    Ha sin is becoming socially acceptable!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Huebert

      There is no such thing as sin.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Ha sin is becoming socially acceptable!"

      Based on your bible you are all sinners so it's always been acceptable. By the way Christians came to America murdered the Indians and stole their land so you've all been like this from the beginning. Oh...then there's the slavery issue...LMAO!

      May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • sftommy

      Billy's sin is not socially acceptable...he blasphemes the powers of God with his own prejudice. He'll have some explaining to keep St. Peter from sending him to eternal damnation.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  19. Matthew

    Why do people care about gay marriage so much? I probably wouldn't vote against it but I really don't care to have it as well. I just don't think it is that big of an issue. Also why all the liberal backlash against Christianity? If you are hetero, why would you care to help gay people anyways? I wouldn't help them. Who cares about them getting married. Also if gay marriage is a right, how come no civilization has bothered to care about it until the last 20 years. Seems like someone would have brought up that right long before now.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • tnfreethinker

      You shouldn't care. IF it doesn't affect you, keep you nose out of it.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • AmazedinFL

      So your argument boils down to: "if someone's different from me, why should I care about them?" If you can't figure that one out than nobody can help you...

      May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Nathan

      AmazedinFL said it perfectly. That is all.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  20. Tom Leykis

    Man, like all creatures, EVOLVED from lower life forms and continues to evolve.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Dan

      Precisely.

      May 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • highlander

      Leykis, you're a boob in every medium

      May 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • phearis

      ..... except if you're Christian, then you believe that there was a mystical garden with talking snakes and that a woman magically came from a rib. ~giggle~

      May 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
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