A group of civic and religious leaders has organized a coalition they call “Vote FOR Marriage NC.” It plans to campaign to convince voters to approve a state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only that between one man and one woman. The question will be on the May primary ballot. The charter organizations include the Baptist State Convention, Christian Action League and NC Values Coalition. The group also includes several African-American community and religious leaders who pushed for approval of the amendment at the General Assembly.
“We very much look forward to a dialogue with North Carolina voters about the importance of preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” said Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of NC Values Coalition, in a written statement. “The marriage amendment ensures that voters and not activist judges will decide the definition of marriage in our state. Marriage as the union of one man and one woman has served North Carolina well since before we were a state, and it’s time we respected the institution of marriage enough to protect it in our state constitution.”
The new coalition is getting support from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
“We congratulate the people of North Carolina for securing their right to vote on marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” said NOM president Brian Brown. “NOM looks forward to being part of the coalition urging passage of this important amendment protecting marriage.”
Gay, lesbian and transgender organizations have already put together their own coalition to oppose the Defense of Marriage amendment.