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Friends, foes of marriage amendment gear up for special session

Posted September 6, 2011

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.   SSM DEMS 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.  SSM AAP 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.

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  • mikeyj Sep 13, 2011

    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. Horse dung. Demoralization of this great country and "GREED" is another drop of poision in our I V. Greed is killing our jobs here, Politicians keep offering these gimmies to companies and as soon as the gimmies grace period is over they pull roots. Meanwhile the CEO's get fatter and happier.

  • olive91988 Sep 10, 2011

    Republicans are saying this bill is to strengthen marriage and ask why we would want to stop that? This bill would cause discrimination to same sex couples so that they would no longer be eligible for health benefits from their partner's employer, to receive death benefits from life insurance of deceased partner, benefits for their children. This is nothing but pure unadulterated discrimination and unchristianlike and needs to be stopped.

  • AlbertEinstein Sep 8, 2011

    What is so very sad is the lack of focus on the immigration and entitlement issues. Stop the leaches NOW!

  • jakegoad Sep 7, 2011

    We're in the middle of hurricane damage recovery and signficant unemployment, and they're spending $50,000 a day to run a special session largely focused on getting government more involved with people's private lives? What a terribly misguided set of priorities. Where are the jobs?

  • Obama 2012 Sep 7, 2011

    hmm, against government waste and against big government, so logically the republicans would be against this amendment? right?