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In North Carolina -- head to the polls this week to vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
North Carolina already has a state statute banning gay marriage and it doesn't recognize gay marriages from other states.
So what's this all about here there and -- -- Bryan Brown president of the National Organization for Marriage and mark Solomon.
He -- the national campaign director of freedom to marry gentlemen thank -- both free time today.
Thanks for congress -- final start with you there's -- state stacks you why does North Carolina need a constitutional amendment.
Well as we saw an Iowa it doesn't matter but -- is.
Conservative or not what the people support marriage as the union of a man and a woman if unelected judges decide that they're -- overturn the statute they've done that that's what they did not what they've done this in other states.
So it's absolutely necessary that the people of North Carolina have the chance to vote so that judges don't force a redefinition of marriage upon them.
And mark what are your concerns with this particular amendment and Nene is isn't it about letting the people -- each individual state decide.
What -- -- to its fundamental concerns.
Number one is that putting -- from the constitution and sort of stops a conversation but the people of North Carolina are having about.
Why marriage matters to gay and lesbian couples but you know.
Also home and and super importantly this amendment isn't just about merit just amendment takes away civil unions it takes away domestic partnerships.
It takes away the right for kids Bob lesbian moms have health coverage.
And I don't know what golden -- -- also stop of the golden rule and I was taught if you wanna treat people the way you want to be treated so this is one of the most draconian amendments that.
Our opponents have ever tried to -- -- -- state.
-- -- -- go too far.
No not at all these are all scare tactics because of those that want to redefine marriage in North Carolina realize that they've lost the marriage -- the people of North Carolina overwhelmingly support marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
So they're throwing out absolute scare tactics.
They've thrown out the idea that somehow domestic violence.
Won't be prosecuted thirty law enforcement officials including judges and district attorneys have said.
That that is just -- -- and -- lie as have lawyers the same is -- with the health benefits seventeen states have marriage amendments that protect marriage from attempts to redefine it in other ways that that that include.
A civil unions or domestic partnerships and -- what -- claiming simply is not true.
Martin does this take -- kind of stuff to the -- -- domestic partnerships and civil unions or not.
What yes it does this is an amendment that makes clear that marriage is the union of a man and a woman it's the only domestic legal union by your attempt the -- -- on how people are going to be -- robbed of health care or are or robbed of the ability to prosecute.
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