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Billy Graham urges North Carolina voters to ban marriage equality

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Famed televangelist Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday urged North Carolina voters to support an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage.

“Watching the moral decline of our country causes me great concern,” said Graham, 93, in a statement. “I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected.”

Graham’s statement was issued by the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which also announced that Graham’s message would be published in a full-page ad that would appear in 14 North Carolina newspapers throughout the weekend.

“The Bible is clear — God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment,” Graham, who lives near Asheville, said in the ad:

Billy Graham newspaper ad.

The amendment goes before North Carolina voters next Tuesday, May 8.

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  1. I THOUGH HE WAS DEAD!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:08pm
  2. That’s right spread the hate. That’s the Christian thing to do, right? Im sure Jesus will be so proud of you Mr. Graham.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:08pm
  3. People like him make me sick, he makes christians look bad. Probably another reason i’m an atheist.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:09pm
  4. ^ He was resurrected apparently.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:09pm
  5. I’m getting tired of these extreme religious people! I am a Christian but support marriage equality and equality for all period!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:09pm
  6. Goofy old bastard.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:09pm
  7. well all respect lost for this man..

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:10pm
  8. @Tracy Right On The Money !

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:10pm
  9. I fucking hate Billy Graham. that old turd has created and distributed so much misinformation over the years that has done so much harm. Just fuckin’ die. Billy!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:10pm
  10. HATE…………………………………………………………………………………………….DIVISION………………………………………………………………………………………….DO NOT JUDGE……………………………………………………..PURPOSELY DIVIDING OUR WORLD…………………………….NOBODY IS PERFECT IN THIS WORLD………………………PREACHING HATE IN A DEMOCRATIC NATION…………………………IT IS WRONG…………………….WRONG……………………………..WRONG.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:10pm
  11. At 93..no one gives a shit what you have to say. Go away Graham. And tracy said it perfectly.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:11pm
  12. Time for your dirt nap, Billy…..

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:11pm
  13. I thought he died already!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:12pm
  14. WRONG………………………..PRAY FOR THOSE YOU FEEL OR ASSUME OR THINK IS DIFFERENT……………………WE ARE ALL SINNERS.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:12pm
  15. He better be a little nicer. It won’t be long until he’s judged for the things he says and does. He is 93. He can’t live forever.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:12pm
  16. This guy needs to die soon. He’s done enough harm to people.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:13pm
  17. he needs to just crawl back into his bibble and stay there.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:13pm
  18. Billy Graham needs to just keep his mouth shut for once…

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:13pm
  19. Billy, how is this exemplifying Christ’s dictum to “Love One Another as i have Loved YOU.” ?

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:14pm
  20. BILLY yo uare so off the mark..you wis hto incorporate DISCRIMINATION into law….going backwards is your thing?

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:14pm
  21. Ignorant people again with judgemental authority!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:15pm
  22. lost what little respect i may have had for him as a person…will be glad when all the old bigots die off…only problem is the ignorant bigots still procreating

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:16pm
  23. Good news, Billy Graham is very old. He won’t live forever.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:16pm
  24. Fuck this guy

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:17pm
  25. Billy Graham has always strived on hate. Why stop now?

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:18pm
  26. Secures his place in hell.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:19pm
  27. I used to have a great deal of respect for him, no longer.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:19pm
  28. I say we ban Billy Graham

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:24pm
  29. Enough with this ridiculous fiction of the bible being “clear” on the definition of marriage. (It’s not.) The bible is also clear on stoning disobedient children and adulteresses; I’m looking forward to Graham’s full-page ads advocating that, too.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:27pm
  30. He is only acting out of his own insecurities and his age. It’s come from how he was raised, some of us get out before we are tainted. I do not wish I’ll of this man, I pray for him..

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:30pm
  31. I thought he was dead!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:31pm
  32. Bite ME, Billy Boy! You old, tired CRACKA! :-(

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:32pm
  33. Yeah whatever about him. This is beyond politics. This is far beyond banning gay marriage, which is ALREADY ILLEGAL in NC – it’s also about stripping children and battered women of rights. How is that good?

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:33pm
  34. Ill not I’ll, damn iPad, that’s what I wish ill on, lol

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:33pm
  35. I urge North Carolina voters to ban Billy Graham !

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:34pm
  36. ban billy the hateful bastard

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:34pm
  37. Hold on let me get this right, were not allowed to get married because of religion but you can use your hypocrisy to continue to hate and spread the word of GOD in your own terms . I’m not quite sure which bible you read from but clearly he died for all of us and at 93 I would hope you do some serious soul searching. I’m a daughter of god whether you like it or not and your judgement day will come.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:36pm
  38. He, IMO, ranks right up there with Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton-they throw the word “Reverend” in front of their name & they think we should give a shit what they think.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:39pm
  39. I won’t shed a tear over this hate monger. Ick.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:40pm
  40. Vamos apresentar o projeto do Estatuto da Diversidade Sexual por iniciativa popular.
    Assim, precisamos colher “só” 1 milhão e 400 assinaturas.
    Conto com a participação de todos para assinarem a petição pública online para ganharmos força política e fazermos a coleta das assinaturas impressas.
    Para a petição pública online acesse http://bit.ly/IYDpuG
    Também, a impressão do formulário é fundamental. Acesse o link é http://bit.ly/KgCytf
    Está é a vez e a hora para mostrarmos a que viemos!
    Conto com vocês!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:42pm
  41. He needs to speak with Jesus and his apostels…..since they were all gay! Just look at how they were all depicted. LOL…nuff said!! Mr. Graham, do your research, the way God wanted you to know about it, than, you’ve got nothing to preach about….Put that in yer pipe and smoke it, since what you’re smokin’ ain’t workin’! Peace out….BOY SCOUT..oh, another cause? you support? Just sayin’! ….”things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmm”.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:43pm
  42. Why is this not considered hate speech?! To label same-sex marriage with moral decline is irresponsible, ignorant and inflammatory.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:46pm
  43. wait… you mean Graham’s not dead? When did this (not) happen?

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:47pm
  44. Shame on you Billy Graham for refusing human rights and the High Spirit!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:51pm
  45. I will never again watch your TV program Billy graham since you are homophobic!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:51pm
  46. OMG, he’s still alive?

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:54pm
  47. Are we sure that’s not the Crypt Keeper? As for his statements look at how bad he was during the Civil Rights movement in the 60′s

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:01pm
  48. Jesus would slap the shit out of you. WWJD?

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:04pm
  49. You are passing Judgement and that is against laws of being a Christian. I am a gay christian, but you won’t see me passing judgement. “Love is Love, It belongs to everyone”!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:07pm
  50. I thought he was dead a long time ago. He will have to explain his evil prejudice to his maker

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:09pm
  51. Time to dance at his funeral.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:09pm
  52. Hate speech seems to never end.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:21pm
  53. ASK BILLY GRAHAM WHY?

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:31pm
  54. Is he still alive?

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:53pm
  55. Yes.. I think it was Jerry Fallwell that past on… time to find out.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:07pm
  56. Yes Jerry died in May 15th 2007

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:08pm
  57. TBN’s Jan and Paul Crouch SP? Have been caught embezzlement. Not sure how much. The have recently divorced.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:10pm
  58. 50 Million dollars.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:11pm
  59. He can go SUCK IT!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:24pm
  60. I hope there is a special place in Hell for people like Billy Graham who preach hatred and not Love!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:26pm
  61. I could only wish for all those who have hated to all come back just for one hour, every single one of them, just to let the rest of us what happened after they expired. I want them to fall on their knees and ask for forgiveness.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:48pm
  62. This is a man who has devoted his whole life to God, but even he can be wrong.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 4:18pm
  63. He is definitely a man of God and has been his whole life. That;s a long time not to make a mistake……..until now.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 4:37pm
  64. How cute. ^_^ He thinks our country runs on the Bible and not the constitution.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:24pm
  65. WOW, just goes to show that Billy Graham is just as bigoted as the rest of the religionists.. I thought he’d stay out of this one, guess not.

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 8:01pm
  66. she needs to quit!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 8:19pm
  67. would like to call for a vote to ban Billy Graham. “He always sees to go on TV and interupt my favorite programs.”

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 8:22pm
  68. :::Roll Eyes::: that’s why i don’t trust pastors or anyone. ugh!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 8:59pm