"Vote FOR Marriage NC" Rallies For Gay Marriage Ban Amendment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A campaign committee has been formed to raise money and work for approval of an amendment to North Carolina's constitution that would ban gay marriage.

The "Vote FOR Marriage NC" organization has filed paperwork with the State Board of Elections. Initial coalition members include the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the North Carolina Values Coalition, a group of black pastors and the National Organization for Marriage.

The Legislature agreed in September to put the proposed amendment on the ballot next May.

A referendum committee opposing the amendment called the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families formed in early November.

North Carolina state law already limits marriage to a man and a woman, and the amendment would make such a marriage the only domestic legal union recognized in the state.

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