Same sex marriage debated in the streets during DNC - CBS 3 Springfield - WSHM

Same sex marriage debated in the streets during DNC

Posted: Updated:

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Despite North Carolina's recent voter-approved ban on same sex marriage, the fight on both sides of the issue rages in the streets of uptown during the Democratic National Convention.

Advocates came from across the state, nation and the world.

Preacher Petar Keseljevic traveled to Charlotte from Norway to preach his belief in the Bible.

Keseljevic, 41, held a sign on the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets that read 'Homo sex is of the devil.'

"I'm here because I think God cares about this country and he judges nations that depart from the truth," said Keseljevic.

The fight against same sex marriage is not just an issue in the U.S. for Keseljevic. He has traveled to India, Africa and across Europe spreading his message.

He converted to Christianity in 1995.

Just down the street under a tent with a rainbow flag flying atop it stands 49-year-old Kevin Lynch.

Lynch, from Washington, D.C., is working for the Human Rights Campaign, a pro-LGBT organization.

"I respect everyone's opinion but there comes a point when hatred becomes attached to it," said Lynch, an N.C. State grad.

Despite the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina in May, Lynch is hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will address the issue once and for all in the coming years.

"We're all talking about it now," said Lynch, who said he knew he was gay at a young age. "I think the courts will figure out what's right."

Keseljevic hopes more states stand up for traditional marriage. When he heard of the ban on same sex marriage in North Carolina his response was simple. 

"Praise God."

  • 2014 Midterm election coverageMore>>

  • Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

    Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:40 AM EDT2014-09-15 07:40:50 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa...More >>
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom...More >>
  • Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

    Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

    Sunday, September 14 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-09-15 00:10:40 GMT
    White House speculation in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to Iowa to pay tribute to the state's retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign.More >>
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over "the guardians of gridlock" in an...More >>
  • Iowa Democrats react to Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Iowa Democrats react to Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Sunday, September 14 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-09-15 00:01:00 GMT
    Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome Sunday to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But not all party loyalists from the early-voting state were ready to hand her the 2016...More >>
    Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome Sunday to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But not all party loyalists from the early-voting state were ready to hand her the 2016 presidential...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
WSHM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WSHM; Springfield, MA. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.