North Carolina is the only Southern state that has not approved an amendment that restricts marriage to one man and one woman. On Tuesday, conservatives Christians flocked to Raleigh urging state lawmakers to support House Bill 777, which would amend the constitution to prohibit marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
Winston-Salem Pastor Ron Baity told the crowd outside the General Assembly that:
“There is nothing wrong with America that preaching could not change.”
Inside the legislature, opponents to the Defense of Marriage amendment said that matters of church and state should be separate, and that this proposal would legislate discrimination and bias.
Hickory Rev. T. Anthony Spearman told reporters:
“At a time when legislators should be chopping away at unemployment rates and searching for ways to build a budget that would befriend the poor and marginalized, legislators are choosing to advance this divisive social agenda.”
More than 300 NC clergy and people of faith have already signed a declaration in opposition to the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
To hear from both sides of Tuesday’s debate, click below: