Update: North Carolina will pass ban on same-sex marriageBreaking News, Top Highlights Monday, May 7th, 2012
Update: (CNN) — North Carolina voters will pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages in their state, CNN projects.
(CNN) – Renowned evangelist and North Carolina native Billy Graham has come out in support of a ballot initiative to ban gay marriage in his home state. The move comes as a surprise to many, as the 93-year-old preacher rarely involves himself in political issues.
Voters will take up the issue of gay unions on Tuesday, and decided whether or not to amend the state constitution to add a provision that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
In an unusual display of political fervor, Graham has taken out ads in multiple state newspapers promoting his support for the measure, which would encompass civil unions and domestic partnerships as well as marriage for LGBT couples. The ads read, “The Bible is clear – God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment on Tuesday, May 8. God bless you as you vote.”
Graham explained that he has experienced great concern over the country’s “moral decline,” and feels the need to speak out in order to protect the social framework of home and family.
Opponents of the amendment, such as Paul Guequierre of the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families, said they are “disappointed” by Graham’s move, but that “it doesn’t change much.”
Guequierre added that his group is “cautiously optimistic” about Tuesday’s vote, especially since so many people across the nation support marriage equality rights.
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