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NC Council of Churches: Amendment One would codify discrimination in the Constitution (Audio)

As supporters of the anti-gay marriage amendment roll out a full page ad in North Carolina newspapers this weekend featuring the Rev. Billy Graham, the NC Council of Churches is making its opposition to Amendment One equally clear.

The Council, which represents 18 denominations and over 6,200 congregations with about 1.5 million congregants, is urging its members to vote against the ballot measure.

George Reed, executive director of the NC Council of Churches, says the amendment is about discrimination not marriage:

“It writes discrimination into our bedrock document, which is basically designed to give rights, not take rights away,” explains Reed. “It has unintended consequences beyond the issue of same gender marriage, which will hurt other families and children, and other relationships.”

Earlier this week, Reed wrote to the Council’s friends and followers, urging them to vote May 8th:

“As last week’s incident involving Speaker Tillis’ chief of staff or the ongoing trial of John Edwards make painfully clear, the challenge to straight marriages is not gay marriage, but the hurtful things straight couples do to each other.”

Reed joins us this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to discuss Amendment One, and why even people who oppose gay marriage should reject the discriminatory effects of the constitutional amendment.

For a preview of Reed’s radio interview, click below. To view their toolkit for people of faith opposed to Amendment One, click here:

4 Comments


  1. Bill Wilson

    May 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    So very well stated, by George Reed.

  2. david esmay

    May 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Unfortunately Billy Graham doesn’t possess the moral courage the leaders have.

  3. […] it, check the Council website on Monday for an MP3 of the full discussion. And in the meantime, visit the Policy Watch website to hear an […]

  4. Tony

    May 5, 2012 at 12:16 am

    You sight no documentation that any one will lose insurance coverage. I do not believe you research for this video and that the iformation was either done prejudiciously or you just relied on all the lies that the anti-amendment people are spouting. Below is some information.

    http://www.voteformarriagenc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Domestic-Violence-Statement-5.1.12.pdf

    http://www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/effects_of_ssm.html

    The amendment as written

    Sec. 6. Marriage.
    Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.

    Do not see how all these conclusions against the amendment can be drawn from this.

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