RALEIGH — A coalition of anti-LGBT, fundamentalist churches has announced it will hold a rally at the North Carolina Legislative building in support of “traditional marriage.”
On March 3, churches across the state will bring busloads of rally participants to Halifax Mall, the green park behind the building where state legislators meet daily for legislative work. The rally, expected to draw thousands, is being organized by the Winston-Salem-based Return America. Berean Baptist Church pastor Ron Baity is the organizer.
The Christian Action League and NC4Marriage are supporting the rally. “Activist judges in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California have overturned their state marriage laws because they only allowed marriage between a man and a woman. These judges have declared traditional marriage unconstitutional and ushered in same-sex ‘marriage,’ overriding the people’s wishes,” Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of NC4Marriage, said on the website of the Christian Action League. “This type of judicial activism could be coming to a court in North Carolina very soon.”
A similar rally was held in Raleigh in two years ago on March 6, 2007. Thousands attended.
Speakers at this year’s rally include anti-gay activists lawyer David Gibbs, III and WallBuilders ministry founder David Barton.
On Feb. 22, NC4Marriage will urge pastors and churches to participate in their “Marriage Sunday,” setting aside the day to preach on the place of “traditional marriage” and homosexuality. According to the Christian Action League, Marriage Sunday will also “[inform] congregants about the NC4Marriage campaign to pass a Marriage Protection Amendment.”
For five years in a row, LGBT advocates and Democratic leaders have kept the threat of an anti-gay, anti-family marriage amendment at bay. North Carolina is the only state in the Southeastern U.S. without an amendment banning recognition of same-sex and LGBT relationships, although state law already forbids it.
On March 24, LGBT citizens and straight allies will gather at the N.C. Legislative Building to speak to lawmakers about the importance of stopping a marriage amendment and passing the School Violence Prevention Act. The LGBT lobbying day of action is organized by the statewide EqualityNC.