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Defense of Marriage Act Wins Passage

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The North Carolina Senate has approved the Defense of Marriage Act, referred to as the Marriage Amendment. Today’s vote, which follows yesterday’s approval by the State house, will place the proposal before the voters in May 2012. The Senate vote was 30-16, the exact number needed for the three-fifths required for a constitutional amendment.

The Amendment, which was actively supported by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh and Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte, provides that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that should be valid or recognized by the state of North Carolina.

“I commend the North Carolina lawmakers who voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, allowing the people of North Carolina to vote May 2012 on this important constitutional amendment,” Bishop Burbidge said. “I extend my sincere gratitude to all who worked on behalf of this amendment, but our work is not done. I remain committed to work with all who want to preserve and protect the true essence of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.”

If approved by the voters, it would immediately become law.