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Debate on gay marriage constitutional amendment heats up
Written by Mike Raley/David Horn   
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 04:50

(RALEIGH) -- Supporters and opponents of a state constitutional amendment that could ban gay marriage are continuing to push their message. Alex Miller of Equity North Carolina said the proposal would be a mistake.

"Because it would right discrimination against LGBT North Carolinians into the state's constitution.  We feel that that is absolutely immoral wrong and not what the constitution is for, not what legislators should be doing with the authority that they've been given by voters and we feel that it's always wrong to put the rights of a minority up for a majority vote," said Miller.

Bill Brooks who is President of the North Carolina Family Policy Council said his organization has been pushing for this amendment for a long time. "We were involved back in 1996 in the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act, which is now currently the North Carolina law and since 2004 have been working with legislators to try to get a constitutional amendment passed in the General Assembly.  The people can vote on it and decide how they want to define marriage," said Brooks.

The new Republican-led Legislature has expressed interest in putting the question to voters, but Democrats had blocked a legislative vote on the amendment for years. Lobbying on both sides of the issue is gearing up ahead of the General Assembly session next month when lawmakers could consider putting a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on next year's ballot.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2011 19:00
 
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