Durham Wants Same-Sex Marriage
Special Report - August 19, 2009
This week, the Durham City Council unanimously approved a resolution endorsing same-sex “marriage” in North Carolina. Members of the Council did not debate the issue at the meeting on August 17 before voting on the resolution, which states, “The City Council of the City of Durham endorses and supports the rights of same sex couples to share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitments of civil marriage.” A homosexual resident asked the council to consider the resolution this past April.
Durham is the third North Carolina municipality, joining Chapel Hill and Carrboro, to pass such a resolution. At least 15 counties’ commissioners across the state have passed resolutions, urging the General Assembly to approve legislation to allow North Carolina voters an opportunity to vote on a possible constitutional amendment stating: “Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or enforceable in this State.” Almost three-fourths of North Carolina voters support such an amendment, according to independent polls by the North Carolina Family Policy Council and the John W. Pope Civitas Institute in February and March of this year.
Same-sex “marriages” are currently legal in Connecticut, Iowa, and Massachusetts. Vermont and Maine will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in September. To date, 30 states have passed Marriage Protection Amendments that place the traditional definition of marriage in their constitutions beyond the reach of activist courts. North Carolina is the only state in the southern United States without such an amendment. Opponents and legislative leaders argue that North Carolina’s marriage statutes provide an appropriate level of protection for the institution of marriage. Recent developments may change that level of security.
Bill Brooks, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, commented, "We are now seeing a focused and concerted effort by homosexual activists to push their agenda at both the state and federal levels, in fact, around the world. Governments move to support "same-sex" marriage at their own peril as study after study show the tremendous negatives of homosexual behaviour. Extending the legal rights and privileges of marriage serves no valid public purpose."
In related news, the John W. Pope Civitas Institute will host the 4th Annual North Carolina Conservative Leadership Conference on September 11 and 12 in Raleigh. Carrie Prejean, former Miss California who made national headlines when she spoke in support of traditional marriage at the 2009 Miss America pageant, and Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, noted author and founder and president of the Ruth Institute, will both speak at the weekend event, promoting the protection and preservation of traditional marriage in North Carolina and the nation.
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