Marriage Amendment Sponsor Dies

A North Carolina state senator who led the effort to secure next year's statewide referendum on whether to prohibit gay marriage has died. He was 74.

Mary Paige Forrester says her father, Sen. Jim Forrester, died Monday at CaroMont Health hospital in Gastonia after he was taken off life support. Forrester had multiple health problems and took a turn for the worse over the weekend.

Forrester was in the Senate for 20 years and this year became deputy Senate leader when Republicans took over the chamber for the first time in more than a century.

The family physician and retired Air Force general had tried for several years to get a referendum on constitutionally banning gay marriage. The Legislature approved the question in September. Voters will decide in May.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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