The Rev. Billy Graham died Wednesday morning at the age of 99, according to a spokesperson for the family.
Graham died of natural causes in his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to the spokesperson.
Graham’s legacy included reaching millions of people through a traveling evangelical message.
He met and shared the message with everyone from Steve McQueen to each president since Harry Truman to millions of Americans.
He harnessed the influence of television with his simple but powerful message of salvation, reaching millions in a way no one had before. Experts estimate that through rallies, more than 200 million people had heard his message in person, and many more through radio and television.
Graham was born in 1918 on a dairy farm in Charlotte.
Billy Graham and his wife Ruth and a rally in Oslo, Norway. Photo courtesy of the National archives of Norway
2/5/1981 President Reagan Nancy Reagan and Billy Graham at the National Prayer Breakfast held at the Washington Hilton Hotel (Photo courtesy of the White House)
Three North Carolina legislators have proposed a House bill called “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” which would reverse the legalization of gay marriage in North Carolina and defy the Supreme Court’s ruling made in 2015.
The bill cites the 2012 vote known as Amendment One, or the Marriage Amendment, where North Carolinians voted in favor of traditional marriage by 61%. The bill claims the Supreme Court’s ruling is an overreach of the court.
The bill also quotes biblical scripture: “A man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24, ESV)
HB 780 is sponsored by Reps. Larry Pittman of Concord, Michael Speciale of New Bern and Carl Ford of Cabarrus-Rowan county.
You can view text of the bill by clicking here.