Faith-based Group Plans Support For N.C. Marriage Amendment -

Faith-based Group Plans Support For N.C. Marriage Amendment

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Charlotte, NC -

A newly developed faith-based group called the North Carolina Pastors Network is wasting no time taking a stand on gay marriage in the state. Members and leaders plan to hold a news conference in Raleigh, Tuesday, to back the ban on same-sex marriage.

 The effort stems from the debate over same-sex marriage in Virginia. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is deciding whether to uphold a federal judge's ruling in February, that the state's amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman, is unconstitutional.

 "There are some scholars that have expressed that should the 4th Circuit rule to uphold the decision, or throw out Virginia's marriage amendment, that the same effect could automatically begin to be taken by some who are working in North Carolina as well as South Carolina and other states that fall under the jurisdiction of that 4th Circuit," explained Dr. Mark Harris, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Charlotte and member of NCPN.

He said, if the court upholds the February ruling, "all of the sudden North Carolina's marriage amendment is thrown into jeopardy. It is critical that we have legal representation in order to fight for the protection of our marriage amendment."

The network will meet at 10am on the steps of the south side of the State Capitol, calling on Governor Pat McCrory to back the law here in North Carolina.

Rev. Dr. Valori Mulvey Sherer of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, in Shelby said she certainly won't be supporting the group on those steps. "We believe it honors the dignity of every human being to bless the marriages of every human being regardless of sexual orientation." Her church held the area's first gay pride event, last month. She continued, "there's a whole population in North Carolina that has no voice, is not protected, and to overturn this amendment would be the first step to bringing greater freedoms and protection of basic civil rights that most of us enjoy."

The Court of Appeals could make a ruling as early as this month.

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