Category Archives: North Carolina

BREAKING NEWS – Victory in North Carolina!

The House of Representatives in North Carolina just voted 69-41 to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, the critical legislation that will protect marriage and religious liberty. The state Senate previously voted to override McCrory’s veto meaning that this important legislation now becomes law! This is a huge victory for supporters of marriage and was brought about because of the efforts of NOM’s members and others working in support of allies in North Carolina including the NC Values Coalition.

SB 2 allows clerks, magistrates and Registers of Deeds to refuse to participate in a same-sex ‘wedding’ ceremony if doing so violates their deeply-held beliefs. This protects people of faith from having to choose between keeping their job and upholding their beliefs.

It was outrageous that Governor McCrory, a Republican, would veto this legislation and we will work with allies to hold him accountable.

North Carolina Passes Legislation Protecting Officials Against Government Coercion to Perform Same-sex ‘Weddings’

ThinkstockPhotos-99272117The North Carolina House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow local magistrates and registers of deeds, the officials who perform marriages in the state, to refuse to participate in a same-sex ‘wedding’ if doing so violates their deeply held religious objections, and similarly if they refuse to perform heterosexual wedding ceremonies. The vote in the House was 67-43, following similar lop-sided passage in the State Senate. The legislation was pushed in response to the illegitimate decision of a federal judge to overturn North Carolina’s marriage amendment that was overwhelmingly adopted by voters in 2012.

Supporters of Senate Bill 2 say it effectively balances the rights of state employees who object to same-sex marriage and the rights of the couples seeking a wedding.

“This bill provides a balancing act – to make sure marriages across this state are performed in a blind fashion,” said Rep. Dean Arp, a Monroe Republican. “The question is should you be fired from a job because you choose to live your life by those religious beliefs.”

Unfortunately, Governor Pat McCrory (a Republican) has tragically promised a veto of the legislation and appears to have swallowed the false talking points of same-sex marriage activists and the left. This will likely prove to be a tremendous miscalculation on McCrory’s part. There is a real chance that the Legislature would override McCrory’s veto. Sen. Phil Berger, the President of the Senate, authored this legislation. Further, McCrory is up for reelection next year. A veto of the bill invites a primary challenge and certainly will alienate him from the conservative base of the Republican Party. NOM will be working with allies in the state to assess our options.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday afternoon that he’ll veto a bill to allow magistrates to opt out of performing marriage if they have a religious objection.

The governor’s announcement came just hours after the N.C. House approved it in a 67-43 final vote Thursday.

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“Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and to discharge all duties of their office should be exempt from upholding that oath; therefore, I will veto Senate Bill 2.”

The U.S. Constitution and federal law protect people from religious persecution and coercion, specifically requiring the government to make reasonable accommodations for people of faith. This modest legislation in North Carolina simply protects people from having to choose between keeping their job and their religious beliefs. Nobody should be forced to participate in any ‘wedding’ against their wishes:

The conservative N.C. Values Coalition, which has advocated for the bill, issued a stinging critique of McCrory’s decision Thursday afternoon.

“Senate Bill 2 will protect the fundamental American freedom to exercise one’s religious beliefs, and it is unacceptable for any governor who calls himself ‘conservative’ to veto legislation like SB2,” spokeswoman Jessica Wood said.

The solution to this situation, of course, is for the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, which would reinstate the North Carolina Marriage Amendment and make legislation like this unnecessary. We hope that the justices are watching the chaos that is occurring in the states as they struggle with ways to deal with the damage done by federal judges who have illegitimately imposed their own views of marriage, despite the democratic decisions of voters and elected legislators.

Source and quotes via News Observer.

The Numbers Rise

As reported by Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte, the number of North Carolina Magistrates who have resigned in the wake of marriage being redefined there is higher than previously reported...

CourthouseThe number of North Carolina magistrates who have resigned or retired early because of their opposition to performing same-sex marriages is higher than previously reported.

Last month, a federal judge cleared the way for same-sex marriages in North Carolina, prompting the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to direct magistrates. They are required by law to perform the wedding ceremonies, if asked.

AOC reports between that ruling on Oct. 10 and the end of the month, 16 magistrates left their jobs, but the state wouldn't release why they left.

Of course, this is only to be expected. It was as recent as 2012 that the people of North Carolina went to the polls and voted overwhelming in favor of defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

National Organization for Marriage: Traditional Marriage Achieves Overwhelming Victory Across United States

Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)

"In red states and blue, candidates who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman won election and those who didn't were rejected by voters. The Republican Party should take note that their nominees who favored gay 'marriage' were opposed by NOM and they were resoundingly defeated." —Brian Brown, President, NOM—


Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today said that their efforts to support candidates who supported traditional marriage and oppose those who favored gay 'marriage' were overwhelmingly effective and played a pivotal role in the Republicans capturing control of the United States Senate. NOM won all the races in which they were engaged.

"Marriage won an overwhelming victory last night," said Brian Brown, president of NOM. "In red states and blue, candidates who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman won election and those who didn't were rejected by voters. The Republican Party should take note that their nominees who favored gay 'marriage' were opposed by NOM and they were resoundingly defeated."

The NOM Victory Fund spent more than $200,000 on television advertisements and mailers supporting successful US Senate candidates Thom Tillis (NC) and Tom Cotton (AR). NOM also mounted extensive grassroots efforts in support of newly-elected Senators Joni Ernst (IA) and Ben Sasse (NE), in addition to Governor Sam Brownback (KS) and Senator Pat Roberts (KS).

A major storyline emerging from the election was the rejection of Republican candidates who abandoned marriage and instead supported redefining marriage. NOM actively opposed Richard Tisei (MA6), Carl DeMaio (CA52) and Monica Wehby, the GOP candidate for US Senate in Oregon. Tisei and Wehby were defeated, and the outcome of the CA52 contest was too close to call on election night.

"It's time for the GOP elite and consultant class to wake up and realize that marriage is a winning issue, in red states and blue," Brown said. "Traditional marriage amendments have received 50 million votes across America, and candidates who embraced marriage this election won, while Republicans who rejected marriage were themselves rejected. The election results tonight were a stunning rebuke of those who wish to redefine marriage. We look forward to working with Congress to advance the cause of marriage."


To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], or Matille Thebolt, [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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Marriage is an election issue: North Carolina edition

NOM has consistently maintained that marriage is an election issue that motivates voters, despite pundits and political elites trying increasingly to steer conservative candidates away from the social issues.

181992631The elections this week will only demonstrate further how right NOM has been and how misguided the cronies that continue to gain a hearing by the Republican establishment despite their failure to demonstrate a winning strategy.

For a case in point, consider an Associated Press piece published yesterday on the Senate race in North Carolina, bearing the headline, "Canceled NC marriage ban could alter Senate result." The article notes:

At the very least, some Republicans angry with the rulings say they're more energized to get others to the polls. They acknowledge that they can't get rid of lifetime federal judges but can send a message to prevent likeminded ones from reaching the bench.

"We want to get these judges out and want to get these senators out," Donna Annis, 60, of Clayton said after the rally. "We very obviously voted that we did not want gay marriage, and so (when) one judge says, 'well, too bad'... we don't want those people anymore."

The article highlights Senate candidate Thom Tillis's defense in court of North Carolina's marriage amendment, which was passed by an overwhelming majority of voters in just 2012:

Tillis' actions... could play well with people unhappy with courts canceling the decisions of voters.

The latest Associated Press-GfK national poll has 56 percent of likely voters saying it was inappropriate for the federal courts to issue rulings that overturn state same-sex marriage laws. And while the Elon University Poll in September found more likely voters supporting gay marriage than opposing it, a new Elon poll performed after the North Carolina amendment was struck down found 50 percent opposing gay marriage and 38 percent supporting it.

While Equality NC's political arm has distributed 15,000 voter guides that highlight its strong Hagan support and operating a nightly phone bank, social conservatives are marshalling larger ground forces.
Those larger ground forces will come out in force in tomorrow's election, and will send Thom Tillis to Washington. Let it be a lesson to the political establishment that marriage is an election issue - and that a stance for marriage is a stance that wins.

Mark Harris: Marriage Champion

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I've told you that one of our strategic efforts this year is to try to win back the US Senate so pro-marriage and family legislation can move in Congress. With bills like the State Defense of Marriage Act waiting in the wings it is crucial that we send men and women to the Senate who will be champions for marriage and family.

Mark Harris is one of these champions in North Carolina and he needs you to carry him to victory in the GOP primary on May 6th.

Please be sure to vote and encourage your friends and family to cast their ballots for Mark Harris.

In every phase of his life, Mark Harris has served in leadership roles, including giving crucial leadership to the "Vote for Marriage NC" campaign of which he was a founding member. He believes marriage is between one man and one woman, and is an ardent proponent of traditional family values. Harris believes every human life is precious and should be protected. He believes that for America to be the "great city on a hill" that President Ronald Reagan spoke so passionately about, we must recommit to those values which made America great: the traditional values of faith and family. Mark Harris will not compromise on the issues of family values.

Further, Mark is also strong social and fiscal conservative. He is running for the U.S. Senate to bring common sense back to our government and restore people's faith in both the electoral process and the U.S. government.

The primary is just days away on May 6th and Mark Harris deserves your vote. Marriage needs champions like Mark Harris in the Senate, please be sure to get out and vote on May 6th.


Brian S. Brown

Voters and Executives Must Prepare for More Illegitimate Rulings

The fallout from Judge Shelby’s ‘ruling’ overturning Utah’s Marriage Amendment is only just beginning.

Yesterday, Bruce Parker of The Daily Caller penned an important piece, “Utah’s lesson for the other 33 pro-marriage states.”  In it he wrote:


In a 53-page ruling, which could best be described as a work of judicial fiction, District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby began by conceding that marriage law is “the province of the states,” but he proceeded to void Utah’s marriage law in a naked power grab that he admitted was not within his purview to do.

By the end of the ruling, Judge Shelby had overturned Utah’s definition of marriage by judicial fiat and replaced it with the one provided by LGBT activists.

The event was not an isolated incident. Within days, a federal district court judge in Ohio issued a similarly contrived judgment against that state’s constitutional marriage amendment. Moreover, according to the ACLU’s web site, copycat acts of judicial legislating are underway in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and a dozen other red states, as part of the group’s national “Out for Freedom” campaign against state sovereignty [emphasis added].

What does this brazen usurpation of power and rejection of the democratic process mean for the other 30-plus states with amendments or laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman?

UtahFirst and foremost, state Governors and Attorneys General must reject these illegitimate rulings, and the people of these states must hold their elected officials accountable to do so.  Parker writes, “Indeed, when the two-thirds of Utahns who supported the state’s marriage law awaken from their holiday festivities and realize their constitutional sovereignty has been stolen, the phones at the offices of the governor and attorney general should ring off the hook” [emphasis added].

Parker concludes by quoting NOM president Brian Brown saying, “Our country has seen illegitimate decisions before, going back to Dred Scott. And in the past, when a court has fallen so far afoul of the Constitution itself, executives have had to stand up and say no.”

The people of Utah are up-in-arms and demanding action, to their credit. The sad reality is that, if the ACLU is to be taken at their word, it looks like the voters in 30 other states should start preparing their own plans to fight back in the near future as well.

What "WE DO" Does

The "WE DO" Campaign -- a project of a group called The Campaign for Southern Equality -- is an effort to rally same-sex couples across the South and nationwide to show up at their local clerk's office to request marriage licenses in places where marriage law still upholds the traditional and biblical definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

State Law ShredderAccording to its website, currently "the Campaign for Southern Equality is traveling across North Carolina, standing with couples as they approach the marriage license counter and ask their local elected official to stand with them as an act of conscience."

An op-ed by a member of the organization published in at claims that the Campaign for Southern Equality has been emboldened to step up this project by the actions of D. Bruce Hanes, the Register of Deeds from Montgomery Country, PA who recently made national news for issuing same-sex marriage licenses there -- an action which, as the court in Pennsylvania recently affirmed -- was illegal and in violation of his oath of office.

It is important that marriage advocates everywhere know that the recent disturbing trend of lawlessness, with local and state officials flouting and breaking clear and constitutionally enacted marriage laws, is not merely a coincidental or copy-cat phenomenon, but a carefully planned tactic aimed at undermining the democratic process and overriding the will of voters in order to impose a radical agenda of genderless marriage on our communities.

Remain vigilant, find out how marriage license issuance works in your community, and be sure to speak up to those responsible for upholding the law that you are watching and expect them to fulfill the duty they are sworn to do!

Local Paper Mentions North Carolinians Coming to DC to March for Marriage

The Winston-Salem Journal:

Nearly a year after voters in North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue Tuesday and Wednesday in two different cases that could have national implications.

Winston-Salem residents who are on both sides of the issue will be watching closely. At 7 p.m. today, about 300 people will gather for the Light The Way To Justice vigil in front of U.S. District Court, at 251 North Main St., in support of equal rights for same-sex couples. And on Tuesday, opponents of same-sex marriage, including some from Winston-Salem, will board eight buses to travel from Raleigh to Washington, D.C., for a March for Marriage rally.

Legal experts say that the Supreme Court, which will issue a ruling in late June, could decide any number of ways on the two cases, which involve California’s Proposition 8 that banned same-sex marriage in that state, and the Defense of Marriage Act that bans same-sex marriage under federal law. The court could rule narrowly or issue a sweeping decision that would eventually affect North Carolina.

BuzzFeed: Moderate Democrats Walk Back Support for SSM in Face of Electoral Realities

Props to Buzzfeed for noticing that, while the media focuses on the very few Republicans who have abandoned the GOP platform on marriage, there are prominent Democratic Senators walking back from their previous support of SSM in the wake of recognizing their constituents strongly oppose SSM:

One week after Republican Sen. Rob Portman declared his support for marriage equality, some Democratic senators whose seats might be vulnerable in 2014 are hesitant to do the same — or even talk about the issue at all.

Sens. Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich and Mark Pryor, all moderate Democrats who will face fierce reelection battles during the midterm election cycle, either would not state their position on marriage, or declined to comment via their office.

"I am really concerned right now about the budget, about jobs in my state," Hagan, of North Carolina, responded when asked about her stance on marriage equality. Ironically, last year Hagan went on record opposing a same-sex marriage ban in North Carolina, saying it would have "far-reaching negative consequences."

... "I feel very strongly that people should be allowed to love who they love, but unfortunately my state has a very strong ban against gay marriage constitutionally, so I'm going to have to think really carefully and listen to the voters of my state about that issue," said Sen. Mary Landrieu, who hails from Louisiana. "But it's very tough because I think most people believe that people should love who they love."

The offices of Begich and Pryor declined to comment for this story.

... Hagan, Landrieu, Pryor and Begich did not sign on to an amicus brief opposing the Defense of Marriage Act, filed on behalf of Democratic lawmakers to the Supreme Court as it considers the act.

North Carolina: "Same-Sex Marriage Divides Allies" as 18% of African Americans Remain Undecided

A new Zogby poll found 18% of African Americans are undecided about who they will support in November.

Ramifications of the President's marriage flip-flop? The Charlotte Post looks at the question:

When President Obama publicly stated his personal approval of same-sex marriage, the black church went into a state of controversy.

How can you be a Christian and support homosexuality? How does a Christian support a president who believes in same-sex marriage? Where does the black church go from here with their support of the president?

These and a myriad of other questions proliferated from the hearts of clergy and faith leaders across the country. What do they tell their congregations?

One unfavorable response has sparked a movement that is getting the attention of congressional members. Some pastors are instructing their members to stay at home and not vote at all, rather than vote against Obama.

The recent Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference dedicated a roundtable discussion on the black church and same sex marriage.

Audio: Brian Brown on Why Obama's SSM Position Will Hurt Him in November

Our President Brian Brown was interviewed by 790 KABC during the Democratic National Convention and had this to say about marriage and the November election:

"We just won in North Carolina by 61% -- 61% to support a strong marriage amendment. Just looking at it politically this is a state President Obama needs to win and being on the wrong side of 6-in-10 voters right when you're going to have your Democratic National Convention there and the Democrats are going to put an endorsement of same-sex marriage in their plank? This is a very bad idea and I think what you're going to see ... you're going to lose these key swing states. You're going to lost Ohio, you're going to lose North Carolina."

Rasmussen: Romney Opens Up 51%-45% Lead Over Obama in North Carolina

North Carolina is a key swing state and the Obama campaign hoped holding their convention in Charlotte would boost the President's chances.  But his endorsement of gay marriage and the sour economy is causing him real, persistent troubles, as this new poll shows:

Mitt Romney has cleared the 50% mark again in the battleground state of North Carolina despite the presence of the Democratic National Convention there little over a week ago.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely North Carolina Voters shows Romney with 51% support to President Obama’s 45%. One percent (1%) likes some other candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

National Organization for Marriage Launches Radio Advertisement in North Carolina Encouraging African Americans to Say "No More" to President Obama

Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)

"We urge all North Carolinians to join Dr. Wooden in rejecting the anti-family policies of President Obama this November" —Brian Brown, NOM president—

National Organization for Marriage

Washington, D.C. — Today, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) launched a radio advertisement in the Raleigh, North Carolina media market featuring Dr. Patrick Wooden, a prominent African American pastor, urging African Americans to say "no more" to President Barack Obama in light of his recent endorsement of homosexual marriage. NOM plans to spend $34,000 on the advertisement in the Raleigh media market, which is home to 40 percent of the state's African American population. If proven successful, NOM plans to roll out the advertisement in markets across North Carolina, a key presidential swing state.

"African Americans in North Carolina were quite understandably proud of Barack Obama for his historic election in 2008," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "But President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, his administration's determination to repeal DOMA and the Democratic Party's call for the repeal of North Carolina's marriage amendment puts Obama at odds with the values of the African American community."

The advertisement features African American leader Dr. Patrick Wooden, a highly renowned pastor who gained state wide recognition for his strong efforts to pass the North Carolina Marriage Protection Amendment on May 8, 2012, which passed by over 61 percent of the vote. Pre-election surveys showed that a plurality of Democrats supported the amendment, with African Americans supporting it by a two-to-one margin.

"It was the African American community that helped [President Obama] win here in North Carolina," Wooden said in the advertisement. "But President Obama has turned his back on the values of our community with his strong endorsement of the homosexual movement. We worked hard to pass the Marriage Protection Amendment this past May. With the strong support of the African American community, the amendment protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman passed overwhelmingly. The very next day, President Obama came out for homosexual marriage. Now his campaign leaders are working to deny North Carolina's ability to define marriage, and they want to overturn our state marriage amendment altogether. Join me in saying 'no more' to President Obama."

"The goal of our advertising campaign is to issue a wake-up call to the African American community in North Carolina that President Obama does not represent the values that they have fought to protect," Brown said. "We urge all North Carolinians to join Dr. Wooden in rejecting the anti-family policies of President Obama this November."

Listen to the radio ad here.


To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Jen Campbell (x145), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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Gay Marriage to be a Centerpiece of Democrat Convention

Over at my personal blog I look at the lengths the Democrats are going to make gay marriage a defining issue for their party at their annual convention next week in North Carolina.

I begin with two observations about that: a) it's ironic they would do so considering a plurality of Democrats in North Carolina just voted a few months ago to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and b) social issues sure appear to factor in greatly for Democrats.

I wonder when the media will get the memo about both:

"...This is the face the modern democrat party wants to project: pro planned parenthood men (which really means pro planned parenthood women) and parents with gay kids (which really means gay parents) as the centerpiece of their convention.

In other words, people whose very identity is tied up with progressive politics. People who look to the government to secure their “right” to have government pay for their contraception and (when that fails) abortions and who demand government redefine marriage according to their definition and then force that definition upon the rest of society. That’s who the Democrat party wants to cater to.

Trampled underfoot in both these actions is, of course, religious liberty. It is, after all, only the Christian (and often particularly Catholic) witness in defense of the dignity of every human person and in defense of marriage and family that stands in the way of the sweeping social changes championed by the modern progressive movement. For the DNC to reach its public goals it must undermine and discredit the public witness of people of traditional faith and Catholics in particular. That’s an astonishing state of affairs, but I’m convinced it’s the reality we now inhabit."