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NC Bishops Release Latest Video Supporting Marriage Amendment

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On May 8, 2012, voters in North Carolina will have the opportunity to vote FOR an amendment that will embed in the state Constitution the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, and the Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, are providing resource material to Catholics in both dioceses to remind them of Church teaching on the Sacrament of Marriage.

The material includes a four-part video series with each Bishop producing two videos. The first, by Bishop Jugis, was released in January and provided an overview of the amendment from the Catholic perspective. In the second video, released in February, Bishop Burbidge discussed four doctrinal beliefs about marriage.

The third in the series is now available at http://www.catholicvoicenc.org/. Bishop Jugis discusses today’s secular view that sees marriage as a “private relationship between two people who are focused primarily on adult fulfillment.”

Bishop Jugis points out, “Long before there was civil government, marriage existed. Marriage between a man and a woman is a basic human and social institution. Though it is regulated by civil laws and Church laws, it did not originate either from the church or the state, but from God. Therefore, neither Church nor state can alter the basic meaning and structure of marriage.”

Watch the three videos on the Marriage Amendment