By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
RALEIGH — “There is no issue of greater significance to this state than the way we will define marriage. It is the definitive issue of this generation,” the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said this week as Vote FOR Marriage NC officially launched its campaign in support of the Marriage Protection Amendment.
“Victory will require an ‘all hands on deck’ approach,” he said of the referendum which is set for the May 8 primary and will determine whether North Carolina inserts the definition of marriage as between “one man and one woman” into its Constitution. Presently ours is the only Southeastern state without constitutional protection for this sacred institution.
“How important is the institution of marriage to you? If we wish to save it and protect it for future generations, it will require being informed and participating with zeal and sacrifice in the campaign,” Dr. Creech added.
Homosexual activists, armed with some $226,000 in contributions, are already fighting hard against the amendment with their deceptively named “Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families.” According to media reports, they are holding rallies across the state and encouraging same-sex couples to request marriage licenses to spotlight the fact that such unions are not legal in the Tar Heel state. They also have the support of the Episcopal churches in central North Carolina.
“Make no mistake about it, this will be a huge and costly political battle that boils down to who can get the voters out and who is more passionate,” Dr. Creech said. “We can’t be complacent. We have too much to lose.”
He said the issue is much too important to be couched as a fund-raising battle between the two sides, but added the hard truth that such campaigns are undeniably expensive.
“Vote FOR Marriage must be able to buy advertising, print educational materials and more to ensure that North Carolinians understand the significance of the referendum, that they are informed and inspired to not only head to the ballot box themselves, but to take friends with them. That’s why I’ve said this requires sacrifice,” Dr. Creech added. “We need to put our money where our beliefs are.”
The Vote FOR Marriage Web site spells out a few of the dangers of not protecting the state from so-called same-sex marriage.
“Without a marriage amendment in our constitution, activists judges can substitute their values for those of the people of North Carolina,” the site states. “This is exactly what happened in Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California. Similarly, legislators can redefined 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.”
Mark Harris, president of the Baptist State Convention, pointed out that the amendment is both simple and straight-forward.
“It’s about preserving marriage as we’ve always known it and making sure that activists judges can’t redefine it in the future,” he said. “Despite what some of our opponents want people to believe, the amendment is about preserving marriage, and that’s all it is about.”
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