Faith-based advocacy groups are mobilizing statewide campaigns on both sides of the debate surrounding a marriage amendment that will appear on the May 8th primary ballot.
Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith and Values reports that North Carolina is currently the only Southern state without a constitutional marriage amendment, even though same-sex marriage has been illegal in the state since 1996.
Supporting faith groups say without an amendment to the state constitution, judges can change the law in favor of same-sex marriages. Vote for Marriage NC and the NC Values Coalition are lobbying for the amendment. And this week, Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Raleigh Catholic Diocese, plans to release a video arguing for the amendment.
Faith groups against the amendment say this is a civil rights issue; not a religious one. Groups such as the N.C. Council of Churches, the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, and others are opposed.
In Wilmington, advocates with Wilmington Pride and clergy from St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church plan to meet with City Council members on Monday. They will ask for a resolution opposing the amendment.
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