The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit to overturn North Carolina's marriage amendment – an action that one traditional values group describes as "the newest expression of fascism" in America.
On Wednesday the ACLU petitioned a federal judge in Raleigh to quickly overturn the amendment, arguing it would help children as well as homosexual couples who are suffering with problems needing fast solutions due to the ban on homosexual marriage.
Dr. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina notes the suit has been filed on behalf of lesbians who left North Carolina to get "married" in other states where it is legal, then returned to their home state where they are attempting to force the state to recognize their view of marriage. The Christian activist takes issue with that tactic.
"Demanding that the state of North Carolina change its constitution to accommodate a lifestyle choice that not only mocks real marriage, the true building block of our society, but also attempts to turn a moral wrong into a civil right is farcical as well as shameful," he tells OneNewsNow.
Judges in eight other states have overturned constitutional marriage amendments, arguing there's no legitimate rationale for holding to the one man, one woman definition. Such arguments make no sense, says Jere Royall, legal counsel for the North Carolina Family Policy Council.
"I don't understand how they can make that statement when they have, I think in all cases, had put before them all of history with thousands of studies over decades showing the best environment for raising children is with their married father and mother," he offers.
Royall believes if the federal judge in this case sticks to those known facts, North Carolina's marriage amendment should remain intact. But if the judge rules it unconstitutional, Creech says the prospects are bleak.
"It [would be] only further proof that we have moved away from the fundamental principle of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people but have become a government of the courts, by the courts, and for the courts," he laments.
"And this would not be our culture's listening to its better angels," Creech concludes. "Instead, it is the newest expression of fascism in the supposed land of the free."
Sixty-one percent of North Carolina voters approved the amendment in May 2012.
4-11-2014 - Clarified that those who filed suit were residents of North Carolina.