Billy Graham: Ban Gay Marriage in N.C.

    FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2010 file photo, evangelist Billy Graham, 92, speaks during an interview at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. The Rev. Billy Graham urged North Carolina voters Wednesday, May 2, 2012 to support an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage, a move that one observer says is highly unusual but another says is in keeping with the minister's moral beliefs.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

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    Evangelist Billy Graham on Wednesday called for North Carolina voters to support a state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, and will run a full-page ad in 14 North Carolina newspapers throughout the weekend. The public comments are rare from the 93-year-old pastor, and while Graham has often preached on sexual purity, he has never touched the issue of same-sex marriage. North Carolinans will go to the polls next week to vote on adding an amendment to the state Constitution banning gay marriage, although gay marriage is already illegal in the state.

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