Clay Aiken says marriage amendment goes 'way too far'
Posted February 13, 2012
Updated February 14, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Former "American Idol" contestant Clay Aiken is proud of his home state, but not of the proposed amendment to the North Carolina constitution that would ban same-sex marriages.
He spoke out about the amendment in a video posted to YouTube Monday.
"Families looks different. They have always looked different. You have single-parent families, families with parents of different races, families with parents of different religions," he said in the video. "No matter what we want a family to look like, we can't put into a constitution – a document that is supposed to protect our rights – one narrow definition."
Aiken, who appeared on "American Idol" in 2003 and announced he was gay in 2008, was featured in the video for the group Protect All N.C. Families.
The amendment, which will appear on May's primary ballot, would define marriage as being between one man and one woman and outlaw civil unions.
Aiken, who has a son with longtime friend Jaymes Foster, said it would ultimately hurt the children of non-traditional families.
"I think an amendment like this goes way too far," he said. "It will take away protections from kids who, right now, may have access to healthcare because one of their parents has healthcare at work."
Raleigh pastor Dr. Patrick L. Wooden, who appeared on Saturday's "On the Record" program, said the Bible defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.
"We just believe that the definition should be redefined in the state of North Carolina," he said.
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Wooden said that giving the Bible's definition of marriage constitutional protection is the "will of the people."
An Elon University poll published in September, however, found that 56 percent of North Carolina residents oppose the amendment.
The only way protect marriage, Wooden said, is to get out and vote on May 8.
"I just hope that those of us who are in favor of the amendment don't assume that it's a done deal or a slam dunk and we stay home and wake up the next morning shocked," he said. "Get out and vote and allow your votes to be heard."