The Christian Action League, Return America and the North Carolina Family Policy Council are peas in a pod, or more appropriately, hogs rolling in the mud of bigotry, working to foment anti-gay bigotry in my state .
There’s a fantastic breakdown of the professional bigot patrol in North Carolina by Andy Birkey in the American Independent. On May 8, 2012, voters here will cast their ballots on a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage that will also bar civil unions, and any legal recognition of same-sex couples. The power brokers who influenced the GOP-led state legislature have been working in concert for years, demonizing LGBTs with false and damaging propaganda.
The people behind the Christian Action League, Return America and the North Carolina Family Policy Council all have a goal of making North Carolina run under (their vision of) biblical law. Take Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League:
The slogan of CAL is, “The only lasting cure for evil and injustice is Christian Action.”
…“My job is to proclaim the gospel to those who make our laws and to bring the Christian worldview to bear on the legislation that they consider,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of CAL, in an interview with the Biblical Recorder.
Creech said in the interview he makes himself available in the state Capitol. “In many respects, I feel like I’m still pastoring. Some legislators refer to me as their pastor. I am able to sit with them in their offices and talk about the Lord as the opportunity arises.
…“God didn’t create another Adam for Adam. Homosexuality is not blessed in the sight of God. Since the homosexuals came out of the closet, they have tried to run you and me into the closet,” Creech said in 2009 according to the Kinstin Free Press.
This garbage is outrageous, not only because it’s anti-gay (and of course womb-control is also part of the agenda), but this has no place in the General Assembly, where lawmakers are supposed to govern under civil law. But we have plenty of Reps and Senators whose only reason for supporting the amendment is their personal, bible-based ignorance and fear. There is no public policy reason cited. Creech has been working on getting this amendment on the ballot for 10 years. His group, no surprise, worked hand-in-glove with the infamous sponsor of the amendment, the late state Sen. James Forrester (R-Gaston County).
The other two groups, Ron Baity’s Return America, and the Focus on the Family-affiliated North Carolina Family Policy Council don’t take a back seat to the Christian Action League in terms of their animus toward LGBTs in North Carolina. Baity has said that LGBTs are perverts who recruit children, and the NCFPC is, quite frankly, off-the-rails:
The group says on its website it wants gays to change their sexual orientation, something most major professional organizations say isn’t possible and attempts to do so can greatly harm people.
The group also penned a newsletter last month that lamented the U.S. Supreme Court’s striking down of sodomy laws which were used in the past to incarcerate gays and lesbians.
When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned sodomy laws nationally in 2003, Brooks told the Durham Herald-Sun, “Taking these laws off the books is the state basically saying that we think that this is a wholesome and healthy activity.”
The group also said laws barring discrimination against LGBT people in hiring and housing would lead to bestiality. The state Legislature considered such a bill in 2003 that lost by one vote.
We can take a moment and laugh at the perverse, obsessive language used to campaign for denying LGBT residents in NC civil rights; the good news is that most North Carolinians actually support legal recognition of same-sex couples – either marriage or civil unions. The big “however” is the campaign to defeat this amendment hinges on educating these very same people that voting for the amendment bans the very legal recognition they support. (Public Policy Polling):
Particularly interesting on this month’s poll is that 60% of North Carolinians say they support some form of legal recognition for gay couples- the highest we’ve ever seen that number. 26% are for full marriage rights with another 34% preferring civil unions. Only 38% say they’re completely opposed to any legal recognition. The problem is that 40% of those favoring some form of legal recognition are still planning to vote for the amendment- even though it would bar all legal recognition and not just gay marriage. Getting pro-civil union voters to oppose the marriage amendment will be the key for those hoping to defeat it- there’s a lot of education to be done.
Groups like Christian Action League, Return America and the North Carolina Family Policy Council will have plenty of funds to mount a hateful disinformation campaign (and surely they will target religious black voters with their filth), but multiple polls are showing increasing momentum against the amendment in that demographic:
- 69.2% of African-American North Carolinians surveyed support full marriage rights (38.3) or civil unions (30.9) for same-gender couples;
- 64% of White North Carolinians surveyed support full marriage rights or civil unions for same-gender couples; and
- 60.6% of “Other” racially-identified North Carolinians surveyed support full marriage rights or civil unions for same-gender couples.
“While many have claimed black and older voters support a ban on same-sex marriage, what this data reveals is when the issue is not obscured by legislative language, North Carolinians overwhelmingly oppose this vague, untested and overly-broad ban on basic relationship recognitions and protections,” said Stuart Campbell, executive director of Equality NC. “As a result, it will be our tireless goal to educate the public of these very real harms, with a coalition effort, reaching out to diverse North Carolina communities, will be instrumental in kicking off this crucial discussion and campaign.”
Also, the Elon University Poll revealed a majority of North Carolinians in all age groups, including those 65+, support either full marriage rights or civil unions for same-gender couples.
- 79.2% of North Carolinians surveyed aged 18-24 support full marriage rights or civil unions for same-gender couples.
- 63.9% of North Carolinian surveyed aged 25-34 support full marriage rights or civil unions for same-gender couples.
- 71% of North Carolinian surveyed aged 35-44 support full marriage rights or civil unions for same-gender couples.
- 60% of North Carolinian surveyed aged 45-54 support full marriage rights or civil unions for same-gender couples.
- 59% of North Carolinian surveyed aged 55-64 support full marriage rights or civil unions for same-gender couples.
- 54.2% of North Carolinian surveyed aged 65+ support full marriage rights or civil unions for same-gender couples.
Also on this topic read Matt Comer’s: North Carolina’s anti-LGBT movement is more incestuous than a European royal family.
A note: the Equality NC Foundation’s 2011 Equality Conference & Gala is coming up this Saturday, November 12. I’ll be there to cover some of the workshops, as well as hand out the Equality Champion Awards, and moderate the keynote panel featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, where he will present his Open Letter about the amendment. He will be joined by Rev. Nancy Petty of Raleigh’s Pullen Memorial Baptist Church; Rev. T. Anthony Spearman of Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church in Hickory and Chair of the NAACP’s Religious Affairs Committee.