Voters in North Carolina voted this week (61 percent to 39 percent) to place these words in the state Constitution: “Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” North Carolina is now the 36th state to pass an amendment to its constitution affirming traditional marriage.
Our friend Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said, “When the issue goes before the American people, the natural definition of marriage wins every time. These voters understand that the family is the backbone of a healthy society. They appreciate the benefits of a mom and dad raising their children to be good citizens. Americans can see results of the destruction of the family, and they are using the ballot box to build stronger homes.”
The organization Vote for Marriage NC (www.voteformarriagenc.com) noted that passage of this amendment ensures that the people of state, and not activist judges or politicians, determine how to define marriage.
The organization stated, “Without a marriage amendment in our constitution, activist judges can substitute their values for those of the people of North Carolina. This is exactly what happened in Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California. Similarly, legislators can redefine marriage without the permission of the people, as was done in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The marriage amendment ensures that if activists want to redefine marriage in the future, they must receive the approval of voters to do so.”