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NC Bishops Issue Letter to Faithful in Support of Marriage Amendment

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Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh and the Diocese of Charlotte were provided a letter in their parish bulletins May 5-6, 2012, from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh and Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte, asking Catholics in North Carolina to join them in voting for the Marriage Amendment on the May 8 election ballot. The Amendment defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and as the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in the state.

"We are FOR this definition of marriage," the Bishops wrote, "because we believe it is a vocation in which God calls couples to faithfully and permanently embrace a fruitful union that is open to the gift of children."

To the claim that the Amendment will codify discrimination against homosexual persons, the Bishops noted, “As Catholics, we believe in the immeasurable dignity and equal worth of all persons. And so we reject hatred or the unjust treatment of any person. We believe that our human dignity comes from God,” adding it “flows not from the expression of our sexual orientation nor from any of our actions.”

The letter followed a postcard mailing to all registered Catholics in both Dioceses citing five reasons “Why Traditional Marriage Matters.” The mailing was in support of the nonpartisan Marriage Amendment, which lies in the hands of the voters of North Carolina.

Read letter from Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Jugis: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)