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North Carolina bishops welcome passage of marriage amendment

May 10, 2012

North Carolina’s bishops have issued statements welcoming the passage of a marriage amendment to the state constitution.

By a 61%-39% margin, voters in North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment declaring that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

“I am pleased that the people of North Carolina voted for marriage,” said Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte. “The Church consistently teaches that marriage is created by God as the faithful and exclusive union of one man and one woman, open to the gift of children.”

“I express my sincere gratitude to the people of North Carolina who voted for Marriage in the referendum completed today,” added Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh. “Passage of the Amendment to the Constitution of our State has now ensured that the definition of marriage, as the faithful and exclusive union of one man and one woman, and one which is open to the gift of children, is in accord with God's design and in keeping with the very nature of this sacred vocation.”


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  • Posted by: mateskub8508 - May. 10, 2012 11:19 PM ET USA

    It is, however, so wrong that something like this should have come to be the matter of a referendum. Even if the majority voted for gay "marriage", it would be extremely sad, but it wouldn't change a thing about what marriage is.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 10, 2012 6:01 PM ET USA

    Just where, exactly, are the 50% of the population of our country who are supposed to be in favor of gay marriage?