Gay marriage amendment in NC?

February 23, 2009 11:17:42 AM PST
A group of North Carolina lawmakers want the public to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would ban gay marriage by defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.Senator Jim Forrester (R-Gaston), Representatives David Lewis (R-Harnett), James Crawford (D-Granville), Dewey Hill (D-Brunswick), and Pearl Burris-Floyd (R-Gaston, Cleveland) will join various religious and civic groups for a news conference at the Legislature on Tuesday.

North Carolina already has laws on the books that make gay marriage illegal, but in a news release sent out to the media Monday, the group said it is the only southern U.S. state that has not banned gay marriage with an amendment to the state constitution.

"Activist courts in Massachusetts, Connecticut and California (prior to the passage of Proposition 8 in November 2008) have overturned their state’s marriage laws and redefined marriage to include same-sex couples. It is only a matter of time before homosexual couples who reside in North Carolina obtain a marriage license in one or more of those states and file a lawsuit asking a judge to redefine our state’s marriage laws to include same-sex relationships," read the release.

If the proposal passes the Legislature, the vote would be held in November 2009.


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