Gay Marriage

The State of Things
12:12 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Theologian's Change Of Heart On Same Sex Marriage

Book by Mark Achteimeier. WJK Press/2014
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Theologian and pastor Mark Achtemeier led the movement to prohibit gays and lesbians from becoming ordained in the Presbyterian church in the 1990s. His opposition to homosexuality was firmly rooted in his Christian faith and his interpretation of Biblical teachings. He succeeded and the Church banned the gay ordination in 1997. Just a few years later, he developed a friendship with a gay man in a committed relationship and Achtemeier began to question his beliefs. After reexamining the scriptures, he concluded there is a Biblical basis for supporting same sex couples. Now he leads the movement for inclusion in the Presbyterian Church.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Mark Achtemeier, theologian, pastor and author of The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage (WJK Press/2014).

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The State of Things
4:18 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

North Carolina's Sixth District Congressional Race

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With three weeks left before Election Day, candidates for North Carolina's 6th House district are making their final pushes.

Republican Mark Walker and Democrat Laura Fjeld have agreed to two debates in the next two weeks. The winner will fill the seat vacated by Congressman Howard Coble who represented the district for nearly 30 years.

Meanwhile, some faculty and staff at UNC-Greensboro are questioning the judgment of administrators after three employees were fired and arrested on charges of falsifying time sheets for freelance work.

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Law
9:02 am
Mon October 13, 2014

McCrory Says He'll Uphold Gay North Carolinians' Right To Marry

Gov. Pat McCrory says he will support the new law change, allowing gay marriage in North Carolina.

Gov. Pat McCrory says he's glad the court battle over gay marriage is finished.

U.S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn, Jr. from Asheville overturned the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage late Friday.

McCrory was in Chapel Hill yesterday at UNC's University Day Celebration. The Republican told Carolina Connection he'll uphold the right for gay North Carolinians to marry.

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Politics & Government
6:56 am
Mon October 13, 2014

After 23 Years Together, Lesbian Couple Plans Church Wedding

Nancy Ruth Best and Wynolia Apple plan to get married next Sunday after being together for 23 years.
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Same-sex couples are expected to head to Register of Deeds offices across the state today to get marriage licenses. A federal judge overturned the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage late Friday.

That case was filed by a group of clergy members. They argued that not being able to marry gay couples violated their freedom of religion. This weekend, many churches celebrated the decision, including Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Durham.

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Law
5:39 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

NC Officials Preparing For Influx Of Same-Sex Couples Looking To Marry

Chantelle and Marcie Fisher-Borne and family
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Craig Johnson and Shawn Long are being cautious. The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal on Monday to hear five pending same-sex marriage cases could possibly lead to gay marriage in North Carolina -- if a federal judge in Greensboro issues an order for it.

Still, Johnson and Long are making plans. If they are allowed to marry, they plan to do it quickly, and not waste time making elaborate plans.

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Politics & Government
9:49 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Federal Judge In Greensboro Could Clear Way For Gay Marriage In NC

U.S. Supreme Court
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A federal judge in Greensboro could clear the way for gay marriage in North Carolina, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal on Monday to hear five pending same-sex marriage cases.

Middle District Court Judge William Osteen, who has the authority to order North Carolina to allow same-sex unions, said on Monday that he wanted to hear from both parties in a case challenging the state’s constitutional Amendment One, defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

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Politics & Government
10:43 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Attorneys Seek Speedy Resolution Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Jane Blackburn and Lyn McCoy speak at an ACLU news conference.
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ACLU attorneys challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina plan to ask a U.S. District Court judge in Greensboro for swift resolution of the issue. This comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit struck down Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Monday. Since that court has jurisdiction over North Carolina, supporters of same-sex marriage here say it’s only a matter of time before this state’s ban crumbles as well.

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Law
5:54 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

NC's Ban On Same Sex Marriage May Be Overturned Shortly

Shana Carignan (left) and Megan Parker with son Jax. Parker and Carignan are plaintiffs in the suit the ACLU has filed against this state’s constitutional ban on same-sex unions.
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Some are saying it could be a matter of weeks before North Carolina's ban on same sex marriage is overturned. A ruling in the 4th Circuit court in Richmond Monday declared Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. That ruling is binding on the entire 4th circuit, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland.

Neil Siegel is a professor of law at Duke University. He says assuming the case is not retried, the outlook for North Carolina's ban is rather clear:

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Meet Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

    

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is an ordained minister and published author who uses her faith work and fiction writing to create new strategies for supporting LGBT communities in the South. 

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The Two-Way
3:22 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Announces Divorce

Bishop Gene Robinson, seen here in 2010, has announced that he and his long-time partner will be getting a divorce.
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Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 4:52 pm

Bishop Gene Robinson says he and his husband, Mark Andrew, are getting a divorce. The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Robinson retired last year, a decade after his election alienated many conservative Anglicans.

The pair had been together for 25 years. Robinson disclosed the divorce this weekend, in an email to the Diocese of New Hampshire and in a column for The Daily Beast in which he wrote:

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