Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition Continues Work to Protect Marriage in North Carolina

The Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition gained another victory this week in their efforts to preserve marriage between one man and one woman in the state of North Carolina.

The Craven County Board of Commissioners passed the Resolution in Support of the NC Marriage Protection Amendment, which was submitted by Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition Co-Director Jerry Schill, on a party line vote.

This victory now brings the number of North Carolina county boards that have voted in support of our efforts to defend marriage with the May 8th ballot amendment in the Tarheel State to 13.

Presently there are 38 states, including North Carolina, which protect marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman by law or by constitutional amendment.  The ballot measure on May 8th will further protect marriage in NC by restricting the potential for activist judges from overreaching from the bench and rendering the state law as unenforceable, as has been seen with other states across the country.

The resolution provided to North Carolina county boards reads as follows:

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE

NC MARRIAGE PROTECTION AMENDMENT

Respectfully submitted by Jerry Schill, on behalf of the

Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition

to the Craven County Board of Commissioners

WHEREAS, marriage as the union of one man and one woman has served as the foundation of our society since before North Carolina was a state;

WHEREAS, marriage, is not merely a private contract, but a social institution of great public value and concern, benefitting the married couple, their children, our economy, and the State as a whole;

WHEREAS, attempts by politicians and a lawsuit to redefine marriage are currently underway in NC which might result in the re-definition of marriage to make it genderless;

WHEREAS, the NC Marriage Protection Amendment simply allows voters to protect our state’s current definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman by putting it into the Constitution;

WHEREAS, North Carolina is the only state in the South that has not protected marriage in its constitution, even though every state that has allowed the people to vote, 30 in all, has protected marriage in their state constitutions as the union of one man and one woman;

WHEREAS, The Marriage Protection Amendment reads, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts”;

WHEREAS, the Craven County BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS encourages the people of Craven County and North Carolina to voice their opinion by exercising their right to vote to protect marriage on May 8th, 2012;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Craven County BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS endorses the Marriage Protection Amendment to the North Carolina Constitution which states that the only domestic legal union that is valid or recognized in North Carolina is marriage between one man and one woman; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Craven County BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS encourages voter participation on this important issue to be voted upon on May 8, 2012.

Dated this 2nd day of April, 2012.

CRAVEN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

BY:__________________________________

Lee K. Allen, Chairman