Catholic Church holds forum on Amendment One

April 26, 2012 11:55:25 AM PDT
Members of a Durham Catholic church spent Wednesday evening talking about Amendment One. The discussion was held at the Durham County Library on Roxboro Street.

The underlying message from church leaders was that it's OK to vote against Amendment One, even if the church may support it. They also said gay marriage is a controversial subject, which the Catholic Church has taken a stand against.

"Our bishops have urged that marriage, as it is traditionally understood as a male/female relationship, be preserved as such in law," said Father Dan McLellan,.

However, an attorney at the meeting argued the amendment, which defines marriage as only between a man and woman, is wrong.

"Whether we agree with this or disagree, is a matter of our religion," said Alex Charnes. "This is a very, very dangerous thing to put into our constitution."

Some church members also spoke out at the forum against the measure,

"For those of us who are gay, we just want to be in loving relationships that aren't put up for a popularity contest to see if 50 percent of people call you a real person," said one opponent to the amendment.

Supporters of the measure said it protects marriage and doesn't discriminate against same-sex couples.

Early voting is now underway across North Carolina. Primary election day is May 8.

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