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Bishop Burbidge Explains Church Teaching on Marriage Amendment

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Voters in North Carolina will have the opportunity to protect traditional marriage through an amendment to the state Constitution on May 8. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, and the Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, have announced their support of the Marriage Amendment that, if passed, would enshrine the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one women in the N.C. Constitution.

While a state law exists prohibiting same-sex marriage, such laws can be overturned by judicial or legislative action, as has occurred in other states.

Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Jugis are providing Catholic faithful in both dioceses with information on Church teaching regarding the Sacrament of Marriage and explaining what the Marriage Amendment does and does not do. Information is being made available through materials given to parishes, the Diocesan website and through the Catholic Voice NC website, www.catholicvoicenc.org.

The resources include a series of four videos. The first, by Bishop Jugis, was released in January and provided an overview of the amendment from the Catholic perspective.  The second, by Bishop Burbidge, is available on the Catholic Voice website, along with additional information on the amendment, including Frequently Asked Questions, Misconceptions and Facts, and a Fact Sheet on the Marriage Amendment.

Watch Bishop Burbidge’s video presentation.

Visit Catholic Voice NC to view videos and resources.