Tomorrow, May 8, North Carolinians will vote either to approve or reject a proposed amendment to the state constitution regarding marriage. Since I have written at length on the topic in a blog posted a few weeks ago (see April 10 article), I will be brief here. This is the text of the amendment to be included in Article XIV of the state constitution:
“Sec. 6 Marriage. Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”
On the ballot, voters will be asked to choose for or against this proposal:
Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized by this State.
In spite of all the rhetoric about how confusing this is, you can see for yourself that it is amazingly simple and clear. As far as all the predictions of the implications of passing or rejecting this amendment, much of that discussion appeals to sensationalism and to advertising tactics intended to blur the issue, not clarify it.
I will be voting in favor of the amendment and I encourage you to do the same!
If you are not from North Carolina and read this, pray for us to behave in a manner worthy of our calling from Christ–neither gloating if the decision goes for approval, nor despairing if does not go the way we desire.
Thank all of you who have read the previous post for passing it on to others.
Note: My friend over at The Summit, J. D. Greear, offers a great video summary in favor of the amendment. Here is the link. http://player.vimeo.com/video/41597968
I think you will appreciate the way he addresses the issue! Good job, J. D.!