Defending Marriage in N.C. | John W. Pope Civitas Institute


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Defending Marriage in N.C. | John W. Pope Civitas Institute:
“North Carolina is the only Southern state that does not have a defense of marriage amendment included in its constitution. Without such an amendment, the state is subject to legal attacks against the institution of marriage as we know it.

These challenges would target our marriage laws, which currently state, ‘A valid and sufficient marriage is created by the consent of a male and female person who may lawfully marry’ (NC General Statute 51-1). The challenge could come from same-sex couples who seek a marriage license or from same-sex couples who move to North Carolina from another state that recognized their union as marriage.

Earlier this month, Durham City Council members joined officials in Chapel Hill and Carrboro by passing a resolution supporting same-sex marriage. While council members do not have the authority to change state law, their resolution indicates the need for an amendment that mirrors the beliefs of the majority of North Carolinians who oppose same-sex marriage, not the minority who support it.

Statewide polling at the Civitas Institute continues to confirm that two-thirds of North Carolina voters support a constitutional amendment declaring that marriage is between one man and one woman. Until state legislators echo what public opinion tells them, the state statute will be subject to more attacks, like the one in Durham, on traditional marriage.”

Stringing and Strowing says:

You know what I am going to say. Call your elected officials and request protection of marriage, the boy girl kind, in our state constitution.


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