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North Carolina Adds to Marriage Momentum
Posted By Thomas Messner On September 21, 2011 @ 3:00 pm In Featured | Comments Disabled
Last week, both the North Carolina House and the Senate  approved a state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as one man and one woman. North Carolina voters will have the opportunity to approve the amendment in 2012.
The pro-marriage votes in the North Carolina legislature continue a nationwide trend to protect marriage as one man and one woman—especially through the use of democratic measures such as constitutional amendments and ballot initiatives.
According to Jordan Lorence , a senior attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund,
North Carolina voters will join Minnesota voters in 2012 in deciding whether to add marriage definition amendments to their respective state constitutions. The Minnesota Legislature earlier this year approved a similar proposed amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage only as one man and one woman. Voters in the North Star State will decide whether to add it to the state constitution in November 2012…. The Indiana Legislature also approved a marriage amendment, but it must pass the Legislature again after the 2012 election before it goes to the people for a popular vote.
Indeed, “the trend in politics is to shore up protections for marriage.”  As I explained earlier this year in an interview  with Kathryn Lopez of NRO:
Even in states with less favorable outcomes, the politics can show that, contrary to the familiar tune, same-sex marriage is far from inevitable. For example, New York is one of the most liberal states in the country, but the same-sex marriage law there came down to a few swing votes in an extraordinary legislative situation , despite an incredible investment of financial and political resources to redefine marriage.
Some people might argue that states like North Carolina do not need a constitutional amendment if they already protect marriage through defense of marriage statutes. But voters know that activist judges elsewhere have overturned statutory protections for marriage.
State constitutional amendments protect marriage from judicial activism in state courts; reinforce the understanding that marriage as one man and one woman is deeply rooted in American values, history, and traditions; and demonstrate a strong public awareness that marriage as one man and one woman should be affirmatively protected in law.
In the words of North Carolina Senator Dan Soucek, a sponsor of the marriage amendment in that state, marriage is a “time-tested building block of society.”  With last week’s vote in the state senate, the people of North Carolina will have the opportunity to continue the trend of deep-rooted democratic support for one of society’s most important institutions.
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URLs in this post:
 North Carolina House and the Senate: http://www.ncfpc.org/stories/110914s1.html
 According to Jordan Lorence: http://blog.telladf.org/2011/09/14/breaking-news-north-carolina-legislature-approves-marriage-amendment/
 “the trend in politics is to shore up protections for marriage.”: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/271121/freedom-bargaining-chip-interview?page=2
 “time-tested building block of society.”: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/13/same-sex-marriage-ban-will-be-on-2012-ballot/print/
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