Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, on Thursday condemned President Barack Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and said the President has “shaken his fist” at God.
Graham, who is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, supported Tuesday’s passage of Amendment One in North Carolina, a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.
In a statement posted on the BGEA’s website, Graham said the institution of marriage “should not be defined by presidents or polls.”
“On Tuesday my state of North Carolina became the 31st state to approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. While the move to pass amendments defining marriage is relatively new, the definition of marriage is 8,000 years old and was defined not by man, but by God Himself.
“In changing his position from that of Senator/candidate Obama, President Obama has, in my view, shaken his fist at the same God who created and defined marriage. It grieves me that our president would now affirm same-sex marriage, though I believe it grieves God even more.”
Graham said Obama’s support for same-sex marriage “is a sad day for America.”
“May God help us,” he said.
Graham’s father, the Rev. Billy Graham, took out full-page advertisements in 14 North Carolina newspapers last weekend urging voters to support the marriage ban.