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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — House Democrats say putting a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on the ballot would discourage job creation in North Carolina.

But several black ministers say it is immoral and contrary to the Christian faith for same-sex couples to marry.

The Democratic lawmakers and clergy members held dueling news conferences Tuesday at the Legislative Building. The marriage amendment could be before voters statewide next year if approved next week by lawmakers when they reconvene in Raleigh.

Rep. Larry Hall of Durham says such an amendment would send a bad message to businesses with gay and lesbian workers.

Later, the Rev. Patrick Wooden of Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh said he’s motivated by his religious beliefs to make clear marriage is between one man and one woman.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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6 Comments on "Business, religion cited in NC gay marriage events"

2015 years 8 months ago

It is really a stretch to tie together whether there is gay marriage and the creation of jobs. In fact, the two or totally unrelated.

2015 years 8 months ago

“separation of church and state” you say..please post up with some links on WHERE “separation of church and state” is stated in our founding documents….you might just learn something yourself while doing this…

2015 years 8 months ago

What is the connection you are making between polygamy in the Bible and this pastor’s stance on legal recognition of gay marriages? I’m just not seeing it.

Lee Pritchard
2015 years 8 months ago

Has the good reverend never read the bible? In his own religious text are numerous examples of polygamy from farm hands to kings. No, I can’t reasonably justify his ignorance here, either he’s completely incompetent to enlighten anyone about the word of God or he’s deliberately lying just to make his point, in either event the man needs to be run out of town on a rail for misleading the good people of Wilmington and violating their faith.
In any event we have separation of church and state for a reason. I’m more than happy to put up with religious zealots until they start telling the rest of us how to live. That’s traditionally when the weapons come out and they start trying to force us to live within their narrow framework. Fight back against deliberate ignorance and send this “reverend” back to whatever idiot factory spawned his sorry hindside.

2015 years 8 months ago

“The bigotry of the nonbeliever is, for me, nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer.” – Albert Einstein.

2015 years 8 months ago

Not sure what the race of the minister had to do with anything? Being anti-marriage equality has more to do with being a christian, more than any other single factor.


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