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Raleigh, NC—Vote FOR Marriage NC, a broad coalition of policy organizations and faith leaders in support of the North Carolina Marriage Protection Amendment—an amendment to the state constitution preserving marriage as a union between one man and one woman—launched its campaign and website today. A bi-partisan majority of the North Carolina Legislature voted in September 2011 to place the North Carolina Marriage Protection Amendment on the May 8, 2012 ballot.
“The Marriage Protection Amendment will protect against attempts by activist judges and legislators to redefine marriage by placing in North Carolina’s constitution our current definition that marriage is between one man and one woman,” said Tami Fitzgerald, chairwoman of the Executive Committee for Vote FOR Marriage NC.
Vote FOR Marriage NC plans to unveil a comprehensive grassroots effort that will target individuals and churches across the state.
The campaign’s website, www.VoteForMarriageNC.com, provides information about the Marriage Protection Amendment, the importance of preserving marriage, and ways for voters to stay connected and get involved in the campaign.
“The marriage amendment is simple and straight-forward,” said Rev. Mark Harris, state president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. “It’s about preserving marriage as we’ve always known it and making sure that activist judges can’t redefine it in the future. Despite what some of our opponents want people to believe, the amendment is about preserving marriage, and that’s all it is about.”
Vote FOR Marriage NC is comprised of a multitude of policy organizations, denominations, and civic groups. Its Executive Committee consists of the Christian Action League, NC Values Coalition, a coalition of African American pastors, NC Baptists, and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
“We look forward to a dialogue with North Carolina citizens about the definition of marriage in our state,” said Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “Voters in 30 other states have already had the opportunity to protect marriage in their own constitution and we are pleased that we will finally be able to do so as well. We’re the last state in the south to be able to vote on marriage and we are confident of victory. The margin of passage in southern states has been 74%.”
North Carolinians interested in more information about Vote FOR Marriage NC may visit the campaign’s website: www.VoteForMarriageNC.com.