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Gay Marriage Ban Gets Sunday Church Push

Monday Apr 30, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - People who favor adding a ban against gay marriage to North Carolina's constitution are hoping for a big push from churches statewide.

The group Vote For Marriage NC is urging church leaders to preach a marriage-themed sermon on Sunday and encourage congregants to vote early on Monday. North Carolina's early-voting period runs through next week ahead of primary election day on May 8.

North Carolina already outlaws gay marriage, but adding that ban to the state constitution would make it much harder to change in the future.

Amendment backers also want churches to show a video in favor of rejecting domestic partnerships and defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

Supporters are largely waging a grass-roots campaign in churches and conservative networks to pass the amendment.

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  • , 2012-04-30 14:07:38

    Now we know why Christians were fed to the lions.

  • Michelle, 2012-05-01 10:02:49

    Asking the South to accept people for who they are and not what they are is like asking Christians to love thy neighbor. Will it ever happen?

  • ashkewoof, 2012-05-01 16:10:11

    The cross into politics is a huge mistake for churches. Maybe not now but soon we will wake up and take away the tax exempt status of any church getting so involved with politics. I look forward to that day.

  • , 2012-05-01 18:01:11

    Revoke their tax exemption. Then you’ll see a move back to what church is really about.

  • Wayne M., 2012-05-01 21:18:30

    First of all, it is time for opponents of marriage equality to stop telling the lie that they are advocating a "VOTE FOR MARRIAGE". The truth is that they advocate serious restrictions on marriage. It is also time for the churches and religious groups that support equality to shout louder so they cannot be ignored. It is a fact that many Christian churches and other religious groups do support marriage equality and LGBT rights, but they are too often ignored by the mainstream press or treated as an oddity.

  • , 2012-05-05 15:56:40

    The tax exempt status of any church involved in politics in any manner should have the tax exempt status revoked immediately, they have tax exempt status because its a religion not a political group and supposedly a non profit. There is a separation of church and state for a reason..

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