Marriage Amendment Passes House
Special Report - September 13, 2011
On Monday, September 12th, the North Carolina House stood up for the right of North Carolinians to vote on the definition of marriage by approving legislation that would send a Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA) to the citizens in the first primary in 2012. After over three hours of debate, SB 514Defense of Marriage passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 75-42, garnering more than the 72 vote three-fifths majority needed to approve amendments to the State Constitution.
Before the final vote, an amendment to the bill was proposed by Rep. Glen Bradley (R-Franklin), who argued that government should not have the authority to license marriage, and that it should be a private institution overseen by the Church. If approved, his proposal would have added to the proposed amendment: “and to amend the Constitution to provide that all authority over marriage belongs to God.”. That amendment was rejected by a vote of 43-71.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of North Carolinians from around the state gathered at a rally behind the legislative building on Halifax Mall to show their support for the marriage amendment. The diverse group of speakers included: Dr. Patrick L. Wooden, Sr., pastor of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh; Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition; Randy Wilson of the Family Research Council; Bill Brooks, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, who brought as his special guest, Rev. Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Family Alliance; Reverend Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina; Steve Noble of Called to Action; and a number of pastors from North Carolina.
Before the vote on the House floor, SB 514 was considered by the House Rules Committee. After a period of discussion among members, SB 514 passed by a simple voice vote.
The Senate is expected to vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment today, September 13th. If it is approved by at least 30 senators, North Carolina voters would be asked on their 2012 primary ballot whether they are for or against a “Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
Marriage Protection Amendment legislation has been proposed in the General Assembly for the past eight years but never allowed to be considered in the House or Senate before now. Should the bill pass the Senate, and voters approve the amendment, North Carolina would become the 31st state in the nation to protect marriage in the State Constitution. Minnesota voters will also be considering in 2012 whether to include a Marriage Protection Amendment in their state’s constitution.
“Today is a great day for marriage supporters,” said Bill Brooks, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. “After eight long years of waiting, the members of the General Assembly are finally listening to the people’s demand to let them vote on whether to preserve the definition of marriage. This is a historic day, but the battle has only just begun. Now we look to our senators, who must follow the House’s courageous stand in support of society’s most foundational institutionthe family.”
He went on, “We know that marriage provides the most stable and nurturing environment for children, and that every child has a right to have a mother and a father. Marriage is much more than a piece of paper filed in a courtroom. It is a God-ordained union of one man and one woman, which we cannot redefine, regardless of what some people or governments say. Marriage is worth protectingfor our children and for all future generations.
For more information about the Marriage Protection Amendment, including talking points, issue briefs, and audio resources, visit our resource page. To read an in-depth response to some of the most common untruths about the Marriage Protection Amendment that are being circulated by opponents, download our recent feature article, “Countering the Deception: Responding to Allegations About the Marriage Protection Amendment.”
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