Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gay Marriage - #3255 - VIDEO: North Carolina Could Institute Ban on Gay Marriage - The Blaze (2) AP: Nearly Half of Americans Would Support a Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage - The Blaze


North Carolina Could Institute Ban on Gay Marriage - The Blaze - It seems the gay marriage debate is heating up in North Carolina. Last month, The Blaze brought you the story of Pastor Nancy Petty, a lesbian spiritual leader at Pullen Memorial Baptist church in Raleigh, N.C., who is refusing to sign marriage licenses until a marriage equality is instituted in the state.  Now with Republicans in charge of the North Carolina Legislature for the first time in 140 years, conservatives are making a move to institute a gay marriage ban in the state. Lawmakers return Monday to Raleigh to debate proposed amendments, including one to let voters next year decide if a state law already on the books defining marriage as between one man and one woman should be imprinted into the state constitution as well.  “It’s time that we settled this issue,” said GOP state Rep. Dale Folwell of Winston-Salem, the No. 2 leader in the House and a key amendment proponent.  Read more..........

AP: Nearly Half of Americans Would Support a Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage - The Blaze - Barbara Von Aspern loves her daughter, “thinks the world” of the person her daughter intends to marry and believes the pair should have the same legal rights as anyone else. It pains her, but Von Aspern is going to skip their wedding. Her daughter, Von Aspern explains, is marrying another woman.  “We love them to death, and we love them without being judgmental,” the 62-year-old Chandler, Ariz., retiree said. “But the actual marriage I cannot agree with.”  It’s complicated, this question of legitimizing gay marriage. Americans are grappling with it from their homes to the halls of government in the shadow of a presidential election next year. The ambivalence is reflected in a new poll that shows the nation is passionate, conflicted and narrowly split on same-sex marriage.  Fifty-three percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed believe the government should give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex, about the same as last year, according to the nationwide telephone poll by The Associated Press and the National Constitution Center. Forty-four percent were opposed.  In May 2011, Gallup similarly found that 53 percent of respondents believe that gay marriage should be legalized “with the same rights as traditional marriages.” In this instance, 45 percent of those polled stood in opposition.  But simply asking the question — whether or not the legal nature of a union between two adults should be recognized — doesn’t fully encapsulate the complicated issues surrounding same-sex marriage.  Read more........

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