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A trio of groups were behind the successful push to place a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, as well as civil unions and domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples, on the 2012 primary ballot in North Carolina. Those groups — the Christian Action League, Return America and the North Carolina Family Policy Council — have a history of not only opposing any rights for LGBT people but of also making false and inflammatory statements about the LGBT community.
The Christian Action League (CAL) got its start in 1937 as the Allied Church League, formed in response to the repeal of Prohibition. CAL continues to work to restrict access to alcohol and ban tobacco use, in addition to its opposition of rights for LGBT people.
CAL is one of only 10 state-based affiliates of the American Family Association, an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center calls an anti-gay hate group.
In recent years, the group has opposed allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the military, the group fought to keep sodomy laws legal — including an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court — and successfully beat back attempts by the North Carolina Legislature to pass stronger anti-bullying laws.
“My job is to proclaim the gospel to those who make our laws and to bring the Christian worldview to bear on the legislation that they consider,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of CAL, in an interview with the Biblical Recorder.
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