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ALLEN REED
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A humanist group is claiming that the state of North Carolina violated the first amendment by allowing voting in churches that advocated anti-gay political stances.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center says it has “serious legal concerns” with the use of churches as polling places and says the state violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause that outlines the separation between church and state.

The group stops short of threating legal action, but a spokesman says he hopes for a change in state policy.

A spokesman for the State Board of Elections said Monday it would be up to legislators to make any changes to polling locations, but that the use of churches is completely legal. Previous appellate court rulings have backed the practice of using places of worship.

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GuestReality
2015 years 8 months ago

Personally, I would LOVE to see churches stop offering their sites as polling places. Nobody ever appreciates what they do anyway, and all people do is gripe and complain at them. I would LOVE to see all the complainers have to struggle to find parking spots at other places and wait long hours to vote because other places can’t handle all the voters and vehicles in their parking lots. People don’t realize the wonderful service that the churches offer. They’re one of the least appreciated organizations ever.

This is just another attempt by gays to try to overturn a legal, legitimate vote that passed overwhelmingly. Get over it already.

GuestReality
2015 years 8 months ago

Amen! I would vote the same way again too, no matter where it’s held!

Guest 1
2015 years 8 months ago

Which is probably where you went right after you voted for it in your church.

Noway101
2015 years 8 months ago

I would still vote against it if it were held at a gay bar!!!

KirkW
2015 years 8 months ago

So it’s acceptable to curtail someone else’s rights as long as nobody messes with your rights.

How very Communist of you!

Guest2020
2015 years 8 months ago

There is no separation of church and state in the Constitution. The the establishment clause prevents Congress from establishing a religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion. I don’t think Congress had anything to do with the elections in New Hanover County.

Guest7969
2015 years 8 months ago

the left has done a fairly great job of misinformation…when someone says SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE…I ask them to show me that in the Constitution…imagine their disbelief when its not there…

Guest2020
2015 years 8 months ago

Churches get tax-exempt status because they are non-profit organizations. If you start taxing churches then you need to tax every other non-profit organization out there. You do that and you will see how fast people quit donating.

The members of that church had the same freedom of speech to place what they wanted on that sign, as everyone else who placed signs at the polling places.

couldn't agree less
2015 years 8 months ago

what rewards do churches get from municipal funds? how are they not abiding by the constitution? they do the county and the local people a favor by letting them use the property as a voting place, other option, less places to vote and longer lines to wait in

Guest Redneck Across the River
2015 years 8 months ago

AMEN

SusanK6461
2015 years 8 months ago

If a voting site refuses to present as impartial, then it should NOT be used as a voting site!!! I’m really getting tired of tax-exempt church groups reaping the rewards of municipal funds without having to abide by the Constitution. Let them get their money from their overflowing pews, since they obviously can pick and choose who’s “Christian enough”.

Guest7969
2015 years 8 months ago

Can you point out what part of the Constitution you have an issue with as regards to this issue?…I’d love to hear it…I bet I won’t…

Guest857
2015 years 8 months ago

I voted against the amendment and our voting place is in a church. It made no difference to me.

GuestMan.
2015 years 8 months ago

there is nothing in the constitution that says marriage is between a man and a woman. Imagine people’s faces when they find that out.

Guest33
2015 years 8 months ago

Okay, suppose that this humanist group is right. Now, you have a larger problem, because marriage is created by God and it is a religious institution. Therefore, you cannot vote on it. In addition, God has already spoken and made the decision for all of us. Now, live with it.

 

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