As election day approaches, both sides debate marriage amendment
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)-- The most heated race this primary season may not be among any candidates at all, but between two ideals, on the subject of same sex marriage.

From now until election day on May 8th, we'll be offering you profiles of many of the candidates you'll see on your ballot. We begin though with Amendment One, a measure that would define marriage in the state constitution as between one woman and one man, and banning any other type of domestic union.

"Marriage was put in place by our creator. God is the one that defined marriage. Our Savior in the gospel of Matthew said for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife," said Berean Baptist Church pastor, Ron Bailey.

"It's just one of those doors that could be open that could cause so many problems for so many people, not just gay and lesbian families, said Jennifer Scott, with Wilmington Pride.

Although gay marriage is already illegal in the state, if passed, the amendment would also make it illegal in the state constitution, which would make it even more difficult to reverse.

The amendment would ban both gay marriage and civil unions. Even if you vote no, it would not legalize gay marriage.

For those who plan to vote against it, they say its not just a gay rights issue.

"Even unmarried straight couples, engaged couples, single parents who may have established previously accepted child custody agreements with their long term straight partner it affects those, impacts those, takes away those rights that have previously been established," said Scott.

Dr. Baity is from Winston-Salem. He has traveled across North Carolina holding rallies and meeting with other pastors to share his message of approving the amendment.

"Marriage is a commandment of God, not of the legislature, not of the judiciary, not of the people," said Baity. "It is a commandment of God and we believe that God will bless the people that will stick by, stand by and uphold his eternal word."

Both sides are confident that they are supporting what's best for the state and that they will prevail come May 8th.

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I hope that the people of n.c. do what's right & VOTE 4 the Amendment 1....

(See this? I observed it on the amazing net!)

GOD TO SAME-SEXERS: "HURRY UP!"

(written by a friend in 2003)

Even the God of the entire Bible is behind the gay rights movement----and I'll prove it.
(Although this paper focuses on lost persons in the "Northeastern Bermuda Triangle" outlined roughly by New York City, Montreal, and Boston, I'm sharing it with everyone everywhere.)
You who identify with GBLT (no, not Gay Bacon Lettuce & Tomato!) already know about your own history. So for the unlearned I'll include some info on it, much of which is on the internet.
Gay activist John McKellar has stated: "The major media are all nonstop advertisements for the gay lifestyle, so how far are they prepared to go in denying free speech to Christians, Muslims, and Jews?....No major world religion has ever accepted homosexual behavior. And if [gay] activists had any sense of history, they'd realize their own lifestyle is a symptom of an overurbanized, relativized culture heading into decadence."
Thomas Jefferson revealed that in Virginia, "dismemberment" of the offensive sex organ was the penalty for sodomy, and he himself authored a bill penalyzing sodomy by castration. The same internet article, "Homosexuals in the Military" by David Barton, also stated that sodomy , homosexuality etc. were regarded as felonies in early America and were even punishable by death in New York, Connecticut, South Carolina, and Vermont!
You GBLTs have traveled far. You are now helping to fulfill two big signs that Jesus said (in Luke 17) will characterize life on earth just before His return to it: "days of Noah" (physical violence) and "days of Lot" (your GBLT ancestors).
Even the New York Times has expressed amazement over the suddenness and pushiness of today's campaign for legalizing same-sex marriage, and Prof. David M. Halperin wrote that "lesbian and gay studies scholars" have led the way in fighting against policies that "criminalize gay sex or limit access to abortions."

I said early on that the Bible's God is behind you GBLTs. Yes, He's behind you and even pushing you down the dead-end road you have insisted on taking. Several scary Bible passages show that God will actually "program" those whose motto seems to be "HELL-BOUND AND HAPPY!": "the Lord God...gave them up to desolation" (II Chron. 30:7); God "gave them up to uncleanness," "gave them up to vile affections," "gave them over to a reprobate mind" (Rom. 1:24,26,28); "God shall send them strong delusion" (II Thess. 2:11); and "he which is filthy, let him be filthy still" (Rev. 22:11).
Now that you GBLTs have invented strange architecture (closets opening on to main streets instead of bedrooms!), have traded limp wrists for clenched fists, and are fighting for shame-sex marriage, I wonder if you will be happy when you've turned New York into New Yuck, Boston into Bah!-ston, and other places into Messychoose-its, Nude Hampshire, Vermin, and Cana-duh (where at least the maple leaves will be blushing!). And of course I should include Hell-A and San Fransissyco which, appropriately, are in Quake-ifornia!
So what are you waiting for? Since you're bent on fulfilling the predicted end-time Noah/Lot days (your way of helping to make the Bible even more believable!), and since seemingly you'd rather discover the "wrathful Judge" side of Christ instead of His "merciful and loving and forgiving" side, can't you speed up your role and get it over with? You're holding up the true and everlasting peace that God wants to give to the whole world!

(You're free to reproduce and distribute this non-copyrighted paper everywhere including the internet. You're also free to use a different title with it, if you wish.)

Should the vote go No, it will be claimed as a vote for same sex marriage.
Followed by similar action currently going on in Kansas
The city of Hutchinson, Kan., is mulling over a proposed law that would force some churches in the community, regardless of their religious convictions, to rent their church halls to gay couples for events.

It is the church that decides what is acceptable for itself under its religious doctrine and it is not the government's role to force a church to violate that doctrine,"

Laws and amendments should be made to protect our safety. That is it. If something is not hurting me, you, or anyone else, then it should in no way shape or form be made against the law or put into the constitution. So tell me, how is 2 men or 2 women getting married going to hurt anyone??? Who is going to suffer because of it??? I don't agree with many things that other people do but I don't think there should be laws or amendments making it impossible for people to do those things. Its a free country and as long as we are not hurting ourselves or anyone else we should be allowed to do whatever we want. Its absolutely ridiculous that in some places abortion is legal but gay marriage isn't. So I can kill a baby inside me but I can't marry my partner? Thats absurd. Its extremely sad that I am not allowed to have the same rights as married couples because they have the right to marry and I don't. There is no reason why I shouldn't be allowed to have the same rights, I am a law abiding citizen who pays taxes, volunteers in the community, works in the healthcare system taking care of dying individuals during their last days alive, coaching youth sports, supporting charities and good causes such as cancer research, and many other things. It is so sad that I may have to explain to my daughter or son one day why his/her parents aren't married. Then again I may not have to explain it since over 50% of his/her friends' parents will be divorced. The incredibly high rate of divorce alone proves that the meaning of marriage has sadly diminished.

I am so tired of the bantor adn ignorance spouted by people in " the name of God". first off marriage is a legal contract between 2 people, dn the US is one of the few countries in the world that interject religion into it. Secondly, what ever happend to the seperation of church and state? I respect everyone's opinion on God and marriage, but then you must respect my right to mine adn not try to legislate your version of God down my throat.
I really thought our country had advanced beyond this level of ignorant bantor, I guess we havent advanced as much as we thought. What group are you going to single out next to force your opinions on?

It has been difficult reading the tabloids regarding the upcoming vote with the many opinions for and against the “marriage amendment”. I recently lost my partner of 13 years due to complications following open heart surgery. Regardless of the State or Federal government’s opinion, and a majority of the citizens, I consider him my spouse. However, neither of us prepared ahead of time and had Wills, or Power of Attorney, or any other so called legal representation; I was utterly helpless as I watched him slowly die in the hospital without any legal rights making decisions while he was incapacitated. It has been a few months now and I am slowly trying to get my life back to somewhat a normal state; however, dealing with estate and legal implications is like looking into a window from outside, feeling helpless and alone.

Now my heart is gone, the love of my life is gone, and I feel lost and alone. I would have gladly switched places with my partner to this day to allow him more time with his family. It is traumatic going from a two income household to a single income. Luckily we each had a good job with our own benefits; however, I think of the many people in relationships, gay or straight, that may not be as fortunate.

The vote on the amendment will never stop couples from forming their own personal, emotional, and loving bonds with commitments to one another; however, having the same equal legal opportunities as the majority of the population would provide the diversity you would expect of our great nation. I know that education, information, and even experience will not change the narrow minds of many people within our community.

I believe each and every one of us deserves the same equal rights and opportunity as anyone else; however, there is much inequality, bigotry, and disrespect within our community. Unless you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, then how can you possibly know what their life is like? I will be voting NO.

For your lose, prays to you

However you bring up an issue of personal responsibility.

"neither of us prepared ahead of time and had Wills, or Power of Attorney, or any other so called legal representation"

Do not expect society to do for you what you should do for yourself

For your lose, prays to you

However you bring up an issue of personal responsibility.

"neither of us prepared ahead of time and had Wills, or Power of Attorney, or any other so called legal representation"

Do not expect society to do for you what you should do for yourself

All men were created equal, this includes women as well (obvioulsly). A man and a woman can get married why can't a man and another man? Equal? I think not. I believe same sex marriage should be LEGAL. If you don't like it, ignore it. God has nothing to do with the way a person votes. God can stay up in heaven. The people have a right, they were, after all, created equal. A persons sexuality should not define their love in a relationship. The passing of this would be so hard to undo once all you Republicans realized times have changed, people don't need to get married to have kids, they don't have to get married to have sex. For crying out loud a man and woman can marry for 72 days but a happy gay couple can't marry for one?

The 1st Amendment Right of Religion to associate or not associate applies to the tax payers wallet as well as the individuals belief. The Religious tax payer cannot be Forced to support against their beliefs. You would have to throw out the U.S. Constitution to eliminate that standard.

I already early voted and voted for the amemdment. Marriage is a sacred ceremony under God and intended for male and female. Since gays are so active in trying to subvert this we have to set legal issues to prevent it. If you want to marry someone of the same sex move to a State that approved it. The laws of God are to be obeyed and North Carolinians intend to support his will. We already know what the moral grounds are, now we make it legal!

Congratulations on performing your civic duty. I hope, however, that when you voted you fully understood what you were supporting.

First, I hope that you understood that the amendment does not only ban gay marriage, it also bans domestic partnerships and civil unions.

Second, I hope you knew that the non-partison commission charged with the task of explaining the implications of Amendment One concluded that the amendment's affects on custody, visitation rights and domestic abuse cases are unclear and will have to be determined by the courts.

Finally, I hope you knew that Arizona voters rejected a similar amendment because they deemed it too vague and later approved one that banned gay marriage

"First, I hope that you understood that the amendment does not only ban gay marriage,"

What it will do is prevent a repeat of what happen in California. Some town mayor (SF) taking it upon himself to declare the State Statue unconstitutional and causing to be issued same sex marriage licenses.

It will stop activist politicians and judges from enacting measures against the will of the people.

If you would actually read the amendment, you will see that it does not interfere with contracts entered into between private parties. This amendment would in no way affect custody issues. According to NC law part of the definition of domestic abuse includes, but is not limited to, abuse of someone living in the same house. Therefore, the amendment should not change the way that domestic abuse issues are handled. According to NC law part of the definition of domestic abuse includes, but is not limited to, abuse of someone living in the same house.

I have read the amendment. I also, however, know that our legal system is a very complicated and sometimes unintuitive animal. Wills, arrangements about child custody and hospital visitation rights are NOT necessarily considered contracts (this is bizarre, but so many things about our legal system and tax code are in fact bizarre). Employment agreements are considered contracts, so Amendment One would not impact the ability of private employers to offer benefits to unmarried couples. Because wills and custody agreements are not contracts, it very well might impact these things. Indeed, this is precisely why the non-partison commission in charge of explaining the amendment concluded that the full impact of the amendment will be decided by the courts.

"The laws of God are to be obeyed and North Carolinians intend to support his will."

Nice to see that you're identical to those Islamo-facists trying to impose Sharia law, because you have a common goal - you want your religion to be codified into law. Hey, maybe if you're lucky, you can get the right to stone them passed, too.

Jesus stated without reservation, "Render unto Caeser the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's." While their homosexuality is an issue between them and God that they will have to answer for, the civil rights of gay people is a Caesarian issue between them and the government.

If the amendment simply banned gay marriage, I'd be standing in line to vote for it. When it says that the state will not recognize a domestic partnership and thus keep denying rights to gays and Lesbians that heterosexuals enjoy, it becomes vindictive and discriminatory.

I guess that "hate the sin but love the sinner" is all a bunch of crap, huh?

the marriage amendment is not based on same sex marriage! it is based on domestic partnership! which, of course, will affect so many!!!! health care is an issue! childcare is an issue! and the protection of domestic violence..... IS AN ISSUE!!!!!!!!!!

Well said, Commonsense.

There are already laws in effect that make illegal for people of the same sex to marry in North Carolina. This amendment doesn't really have anything to do with gay marriage. This amendment hurts/takes away rights from children, elderly, and single parents. That is what you are voting for if you vote to approve the amendment. Please inform yourself before you vote for it.

You are the one who needs to be informed. The amendment doesn't take away any rights from the elderly, children or single parents.

I already early voted and voted for the amemdment. Marriage is a sacred ceremony under God and intended for male and female. Since gays are so active in trying to subvert this we have to set legal issues to prevent it. If you want to marry someone of the same sex move to a State that approved it. The laws of God are to be obeyed and North Carolinians intend to support his will. We already know what the moral grounds are, now we make it legal!

I already early voted and voted for the amemdment. Marriage is a sacred ceremony under God and intended for male and female. Since gays are so active in trying to subvert this we have to set legal issues to prevent it. If you want to marry someone of the same sex move to a State that approved it. The laws of God are to be obeyed and North Carolinians intend to support his will. We already know what the moral grounds are, now we make it legal!

...for abandoning all pretense of a belief in the separation of church and state. If this amendment is not stopped outright, you've at least made its inevitable removal all the easier.

There is no separation of church and state. As a voter I have the right to vote according to my personal beliefs, just like you have the right to vote according to your personal beliefs.

The claim that there is no separation of church and state is ludicrous, and requires an extremely tortuous reading of the First Amendment.

Whatever you wish to call it, the government of our country is not allowed to take sides on religious matters, which denying marriage licenses to those who believe marriage is the morally correct choice for gay couples as well as straight ones solely because the majority holds a different religious belief runs afoul of.

It's one of the basic principles our system runs on, whether you acknowledge its existence (usually excused by harping on those *precise words* not appearing in the Constitution, despite the concept being very obvious and explicit) or not.

If you value your religious liberty, you are not willing to take the same away from others. Even on points where they believe in things you don't.

1. I guess our state legislature has fixed everything else that needs to be done for our state.
2. If you don't approve of gay marriage, don't marry someone who is gay.
3. If God condemns homosexuality then NC must also condemn it, is mixing church and state. And I can't find empirical evidence on the Internet that demonstrates that gays cause armageddon.
4. We ALL have the right to persue life,liberty and happiness with the understanding that we do no harm to our fellow humans.

Namaste

For thousands of years, regardless of the language, the word marriage defined a relationship between a man and a woman. The overwhelming majority of the world's population already owns that word. A minority population group doesn't have the right to assume ownership of something that isn't theirs just because they're a minority. That's hubris multiplied by infinity. It may not be politically correct to say it anymore, but majorities have right too. If same-sex couples want some type of civil union that offers all the same rights as marriage,fine. Just don't call it "marriage".

The ONLY reason to insist on a separate name for the same thing is to mark those who must use the new term as inferior.

And it *is* the same thing. Legal marriage, in this country, is a union of equals, and the *relationship* between a gay couple is the same type as that between a mixed-sex couple. So there's no legitimate reason not to treat it the same... including one of the biggest rights of marriage, which is the terminology itself.

Once you realize that your values belong only to 1 person (YOU!) then you will be a much happier person and benefit to society.

Supporters - see definition below.

prej·u·dice 
noun
1. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
2. any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
3. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group