For Immediate Release: May 8, 2012
Contact: Diane Gramley 1.814.271.9078 or 1.814.437.5355
North Carolina Voters Define Marriage as Between One Man and One Woman; When Will PA Get the Chance?
(Harrisburg) — May 8th brought yet another state into the fold of those whose voters have defined marriage as only between one man and one woman. With 100% of precincts counted, 61% of North Carolina voters said ‘yes’ on Amendment One. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide advocate for natural marriage, commends the voters of the Tar Heel state, but also asks the Republican majority in Harrisburg when they will give us the same opportunity the North Carolina Republican majority gave their voters.
“Voters in thirty-one states have now voted to include marriage protection amendments in their state’s constitution defining marriage as only between one man and one woman. That is a clear indication that the polling data is incorrect when it says Americans are becoming more supportive of same-sex so-called marriage. A poll done of North Carolina voters in September supposedly showed that 56% of the voters opposed banning ‘gay’ marriage. Today’s vote showed the truth,” noted Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.
The North Carolina amendment, which bans so-called marriage between two people of the same sex and also civil unions, is similar to the one introduced by State Representative Daryl Metcalfe a year ago. Pennsylvania’s HB 1434 would also ban ‘gay’ marriage and civil unions.
“The language of HB 1434 is identical to that of Florida’s Marriage Protection Amendment which passed with over 60% of the vote! It took the North Carolina legislature to change hands and have a Republican majority to get the amendment before the people. Pennsylvania’s Republican majority took its oath of office in January 2011 and has shown no courage in doing what is right and passing HB 1434 which would be the first step in the two step process of getting the marriage question before the people. The AFA of PA will continue asking the question ‘What are they afraid of?'” Gramley further remarked.
The effort to legalize civil unions taking place in Colorado right now is a perfect example of why a strong two-part Marriage Protection Amendment like HB 1434 is needed. In 2006, 56% of Colorado voters approved a Marriage Protection Amendment. However, it was a weak one sentence amendment simply protecting the word marriage.
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