NC Catholic Bishops Push For Banning Gay Marriage

North Carolina's two Roman Catholic bishops joined dozens of religious leaders, conservative state lawmakers and traditional-values activists seeking an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage.

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh and Peter Jugis of Charlotte attended a news conference at the Legislature in Raleigh on Tuesday.

Supporters say North Carolina is the only state south of Washington and east of New Mexico without such an amendment.

Parents of gay children attending said a gay-marriage ban violates their rights to equal protectiion.

Legislative leaders have blocked debate on similar bills in recent years. They said no amendment is needed because marriage is already limited in state law.

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  • by Samantha, The Lesbian Location: Washington, NC on Mar 20, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    Scott, I never called you bigoted. I said a bigoted majority, with no specific names. Then moved on to say that i wont end up in hell. My seeing you there was simply for the effect that I wont be. Because we're both Christians. We both love and accept Jesus Christ. I dont see why anything would prevent me from that. Especially not anyone here on Earth. In the end, its all the Lord's doing.
  • by Kathy Location: elburn on Mar 8, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    Why gay couples feel so compelled to gain equal status with those that they have, for years, called "breeders" is beyond me.
  • by Albert Location: Chocowinity on Feb 28, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    The only hate and bigotry coming across on this comment board has been from posters like Samantha, George Bush blah blah, and Me...Scott hasn't said anything with hate or bigotry. Some of you need to grow up.
  • by Scott Location: Winterville on Feb 28, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    Samantha, I won't end up in hell because I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I am not spreading hate or bigotry. God's Word says homosexuality is a sin. I'm sticking to that.
  • by Samantha, The Lesbian Location: Washington, NC on Feb 28, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    Do you think if there had been a vote on ending slavery it ever would have ended? No. It wouldn't have. Because it is a bigoted majority vs harmless minority issue. Scott; If I end up in Hell for loving someone, and let me tell you I find that highly unlikely, I know I'll see you there for all the hate and bigotry you spread.
  • by Albert Location: Chocowinity on Feb 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    I agree with Scott. Let us vote on the matter.
  • by George Bush is my Home Boy! on Feb 27, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    Scott you said you would support anything the majority of the state favored (I know it would be unconstitutional.) I have read the Bible, here let me show you some of examples of how unloving your "god" can be:"Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man 'against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one's enemies will be those of his household'". (Matthew 10:34-36) 'I will punish what Amalek did to Israel when he barred his way as he was coming up from Egypt. Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses.' (1 Samuel 15:2-3) Yeah God's word is love...yeah right.
  • by a real man Location: plymouth on Feb 27, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    I agee 100% there should be no gay marriage its sick I am a man and I dont see how a man could be attracted to another man we are disgusting and we do some nasty things and u diffentley cant be BORn that way thats a lie and a true christian would also be against it.
  • by Scott Location: Winterville on Feb 27, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    "Me": I see we are not going to be able to have a polite debate here. How will gay marriage affect my life? More importantly, how will gay marriage affect my child and future generations? Profoundly, and for all the wrong reasons. Thankfully, I feel confident that our state will allow the voters of this state to vote and pass a constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage now and for future generations.
  • by Me Location: Edgecombe County on Feb 27, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Scott: what a ridiculous response to the question! The question is, "How does the marriage of 2 men affect your life?" Your response is that it's not natural or god-designed. Again, this affects you how? There are hetero couples all over eastern NC who engage in polyamory, swinging, and other 'deviant' sexual lifestyles. How is your life affected by them? Here's the problem: you're with the majority, so you have no concept of what it's like to be the minority whose basic rights are being trampled. You want the vote because you know the majority will side with you, and such a vote would affirm your religious superiority complex. Personally I think the Bible is a neat book of stories (mostly fictional, at that) but a horrible foundation for morality - and yes I've read it quite closely. For you and the Xian masses in NC to base your objections on a book as morally and historically corrupt as the Bible is a true shame. More people must be forced to suffer oppression at the hands of Xians.

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