Gay marriage ban will be on May ballot in NC

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina voters will get to vote next May on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the state.

The Senate voted 30-16 Tuesday in favor of putting the question on the statewide primary ballot. The number of yes votes was just enough to approve the constitutional amendment. The House approved the measure Monday.

While 30 states already have similar prohibitions in their constitutions, North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast without one.

State law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but amendment supporters argue traditional marriage would be better protected against potential legal challenges by same-sex couples in six other states.

Opponents say the question will diminish the state's business climate by perception that gays and lesbians aren't welcome.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR THOM GOOLSBY:

"Our vote today will place this issue on the May ballot and allow the people of our state -- not some activist judge -- to defend marriage. I completely trust my fellow North Carolinians to make the right decision."

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"IN GOD WE TRUST" This great country was built on biblical values and people of god are trying to keep it that way. Leviticus 18:22

Built on the principals of the bible, and one nation under god, yes. However, we are a country with FREEDOM of religion. That can mean men and women, gay and straight.

Did you ever stop and think, maybe GOD is right but the bible is wrong? Maybe GOD exists but the bible is just a work of fiction? I respect your belief in the historical book and I respect your freedom to have your own beliefs in whatever you want. I also believe in the freedom of others to NOT believe what you do and to live their lives as gay, straight or whatever.

Nope, I never for one second stopped to think God is right but the Bible is wrong. I believe The Bible is the inspired Word of God, written through the Holy Spirit, so if the Bible is wrong, then God is wrong, and vice versa.

I know, people would really like to believe the Bible is "just a work of fiction" because then it lets them off the hook and they don't have to worry about any decisions or actions they make and the ultimate price they will have to pay for those decisions. It's so much easier to just pass it off as a work of fiction or a historical book and not face up to the fact that God is real and His Word is true.

Everyone has to make their own decision about God and the Bible. Ultimately, their decision is between them and God. Thank you for your post.