NC Bishops Disappointed With President Obama's Take On Proposed Marriage Amendment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's two Roman Catholic bishops say they're disappointed with President Obama's opposition to a constitutional amendment on the May ballot that makes clear gay marriage is unlawful in the state.

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Raleigh diocese and Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte said in a prepared statement it was regrettable the president characterized the proposed amendment as a question of discrimination late last week.

The church leaders said Tuesday that Catholics support marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and that children have the right to a father and a mother in their lives as they grow. They pointed out the Catholic Church recognizes the personal dignity and equal worth of everyone.

The bishops urged others voters to support the May 8 amendment.

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