North Carolina’s Amendment One, which would define marriage as strictly between one man and one woman in the state’s constitution, finally goes before voters Tuesday following months of fighting for and against the proposal.
The amendment, which would ban not only gay marriage but also civil unions and domestic partnerships, would add constitutional weight North Carolina’s existing ban on gay marriages.
A number of conservative and religious groups support of the bill, the most prominent being the Rev. Billy Graham, who was born in North Carolina and lives near Asheville.
“At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage,” Graham’s said in a statement published in full-page ads appearing in 14 newspapers across the state. “The Bible is clear — God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment.”