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US: Head of North Carolina campaign to ban same-sex marriage thinks gay people are ‘defying God’

Nick Duffy August 6, 2014

The head of the group that masterminded North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban has said gay people are “defying” God.

Tami Fitzgerald, who instigated the state’s campaign for Amendment One, said: “What they’re really longing for is a relationship with Jesus Christ, not with another male or female.

“They are defying what they created to be, God’s best for them.”

She had previously claimed to only oppose same-sex marriage, and maintained that she did not oppose homosexuality itself.

However, the clip implies that her motives run deeper, and that she has wider problems with gay people.

Amendment One, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, was approved in 2012 by 61.04% to 38.96%.

Jeremy Hooper wrote for GLAAD: “While she masked the true animus that drove her to that line of work back when the bright lights of the campaign were on her, Ms. Fitzgerald is now coming out and admitting that hers is a cause that goes well beyond marriage and instead apples directly to LGBT people themselves.

“Might North Carolinians have made a different choice had they known that the person driving the supposedly marriage-focused campaign was really out to ‘save’ gay citizens through her personally-held Christian beliefs?”

North Carolina last week announced it would drop opposition to same-sex marriage entirely, after the amendment faced a legal challenge.

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