North Carolinians rally in support of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage
News Brief for 5/21/2011
This past Tuesday, around 3,500 people gathered on the lawn behind the state legislative building in Raleigh. A group called Return America held the event to show their support for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. North Carolina is the only state in the southeast that doesn’t have a marriage amendment on the books. The crowd heard from several conservative Christian leaders and members of the state legislature. House Majority leader Paul Stam promised the crowd the amendment would be passed this year. Earlier in the day, other clergy held a press conference condemning the amendment. Reverend T. Anthony Spearman said legislators should be focusing on economic issues rather than advancing a divisive social agenda.
Marriage amendments have been proposed many times in the past, but have never passed a democratically controlled General Assembly. Last fall, Republicans gained control of both houses for the first time in over a century. Amendments to the state constitution must pass both houses with three-fifths of the vote, and get a majority of the popular vote in a referendum (that means YOU get to vote on it!).
For more information on opposition to the amendment check out the gay rights advocacy group Equality NC.
The original story from the Raleigh News & Observer has more information on the rally.
Image is from a 2007 Return America rally supporting the marriage amendment.
[Thanks for the heads up on this story, Evan Garris.]