In North Carolina Same Sex Marriage debate goes to church

Faith leaders urged Cleveland County residents to vote against a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in North Carolina last week.

A panel discussion at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Shelby on Feb. 8 sparked spirited debate on Amendment No. 1, which would, if passed, define marriage between a man and woman as “the only domestic legal union that will be valid or recognized in this state.”

Those in favor say the amendment safeguards the sanctity of marriage, promoting the traditional family unit: a mother and a father. Cleveland County’s state lawmakers, including Reps. Tim Moore, Kelly Hastings and Mike Hager, all voted to place the amendment on the ballot.

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6 comments on “In North Carolina Same Sex Marriage debate goes to church

  1. Br. Michael says:

    Of course TEC is opposed. So by their logic why should marriage be limited to heterosexual and homosexual couples? Why couples? Why not any combination that anyone can think of? Why discriminate against singles? Let’s do away with it entirely.

  2. David Keller says:

    If I ever wondered why I left TEC (which I don’t) stuff like this reminds me.

  3. Mark Baddeley says:

    It must be all the time I’m spending on GetReligion, but I’m missing something here.

    This is a news report about a meeting that appears to have had some panelists and about forty members in the audience. *Maybe* fifty people tops. And yet the report pitches this as the faith response to the proposed constitutional amendment. No other faith responses are given to show that other faith traditions have very different views on the question (and even, with the collapse of the Protestant mainlines, vastly outnumber this group of fifty and their religious co-belligerents). No voice is given to the arguments in favor of the amendment. We have an anonymous and generic statement of the arguments for the amendment pitched against highly personal statements of some arguments against. How is that journalistically credible.

    This is simply advocacy journalism. But the paper either isn’t prepared to show its hand in ‘conservative’ Carolina in an editorial, or is so gung ho that it isn’t only doing that, it’s also shaping its reporting in light of its editorial position.

  4. Katherine says:

    Mark Baddeley, this sort of biased journalism is going on all over North Carolina, in newspapers and on TV news. News organizations are strongly liberal and strongly opposed to this amendment.

  5. Jim the Puritan says:

    Another reminder that TEC is a homosexual advocacy organization.

  6. dwstroudmd+ says:

    Faux marriage, faux ‘church’, faux reporting: a trend? You decide.