In dueling news conferences today, supporters and opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions practiced arguments we'll be hearing a lot during next week's special session on amendments.
The measure they're expected to take up, Senate Bill 106, would go farther than current law by banning recognition of not just same-sex marriage, but any union other than heterosexual marriage. Another amendment proposal, House Bill 777, would define only "marriage" in the constitution, but House backers say they don't expect that version to be taken up next week. Dems, business leaders denounce same-sex marriage amendment
Democratic lawmakers were joined by two local business leaders in warning that the amendment fight is the "wrong issue at the wrong time." They say the amendment could make it more difficult for NC to recruit employers and jobs precisely at the time it needs them most. Watch the whole press conference at right. GOP, African-American pastors call for marriage amendment
An hour later, Republican House Pro Tem Dale Folwell (R-Forsyth), a vocal supporter of the amendment, was joined by several conservative African-American pastors who said the debate over the amendment is moral, not political. They called on all Christians who believe in the Bible to protect traditional marriage by supporting the amendment. That press conference is at right.
Tonight's story on the two events is here.