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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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2015 years 10 months ago

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”.

2015 years 10 months ago

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.


2015 years 10 months ago

…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.

2015 years 10 months ago

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.

2015 years 10 months ago

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.


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