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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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Just Some Guy
2016 years 2 months ago

“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.

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Just Some Guy
2016 years 2 months ago

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.

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Just Some Guy
2016 years 2 months ago

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

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Just Some Guy
2016 years 2 months ago

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

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

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.

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