Franklin Graham backing NC marriage amendment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Rev. Franklin Graham has recorded a message supporting a proposed amendment to North Carolina's constitution that would limit traditional marriage as the only recognized domestic legal union in the state.

The pro-amendment Vote FOR Marriage NC released late Friday the audio message from Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and head of the Samaritan's Purse organization in Boone.

Franklin Graham asks listeners to "take a stand on God's definition of marriage" between a man and a woman and vote for the amendment on the May 8 primary ballot. Anne Graham Lotz - Franklin Graham's sister - also has said she supports the amendment.

Many religious leaders also have spoken out against the amendment, saying it runs counter to Christian principles of justice and fairness and would harm children.

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