Some State Ministers Preach Against Gay Marriage Ban

Some Charlotte ministers plan to preach against the state's proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

The Charlotte Observer reported about 30 ministers representing a dozen faiths announced Thursday they will oppose the amendment through sermons and prayer they will deliver Sunday. The group, Clergy for Equality, also plans a news conference Monday in Charlotte.

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Kraft of Trinity Lutheran Church says the amendment would damage the state's reputation as an inclusive environment.

But North Carolina's two Catholic bishops say marriage between a man and a woman is sanctified by God and is the best way to raise children.

Gay marriage is illegal in North Carolina, but amendment supporters want that placed in the constitution to add another layer of protection for traditional marriage.

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