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Act Today to Uphold Marriage and Religious Liberty in North Carolina

 


Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you may have heard, last week the North Carolina Senate overrode Governor Pat McCrory's incredibly uninformed veto of critically important legislation to protect marriage and religious liberty. That was a great victory, but we are not done yet because now the House in North Carolina also needs to override McCrory's veto. Please click here to take action today to urge legislators to vote to override the veto of this legislation.

Senate Bill 2 was originally passed with overwhelming support in both houses of the state legislature. It protects clerks, magistrates and registers of deeds who have deeply-held religious objections from personally having to participate in same-sex 'marriage' ceremonies. Without this legislation, government officials would be put in the terrible position of having to choose between keeping their job or being true to their religious convictions.

The reason this bill is needed is because a federal judge has imposed a redefinition of marriage despite the overwhelming percentage of North Carolina voters and legislators who acted in 2012 to enact the Marriage Amendment defining marriage as only the union of one man and one woman. Until the US Supreme Court reverses this illegitimate ruling (which we hope they will do at the end of this month) states must act to protect supporters of marriage, including magistrates, registers of deeds and clerks who if they refuse to participate in these ceremonies could be removed from office and even be convicted of a crime and put in jail.

Nobody should be forced to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' in violation of their deeply held beliefs. Please act immediately to defend marriage and uphold religious liberty by urging the North Carolina House to override Governor McCrory's veto of Senate Bill 2.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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