Amendment One

With just 12 days until the end of North Carolina’s voter registration period on Oct. 12th, local and state political and faith-based groups are branching out to churches to get out the vote.

While the nation’s eyes are turned on North Carolina as it becomes the 30th state to adopt a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, New Hanover County delivered a strikingly high percentage of votes opposing the amendment.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports. 

It was the sole issue in the May primary that would be decided before November.  North Carolina’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman spurred impressive primary turnout across the state.  And, as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the amendment garnered 61 percent.

At the May 8th primary, voters will decide whether to approve Amendment One which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. 

photo by Amanda Greene

For the second part of our series on marriage leading up to the constitutional amendment vote on Tuesday, Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith and Values tells the love story of Kure Beach residents Mario and Judi Paparozzi.

In North Carolina’s debate about Amendment One, set for a vote on May 8, marriage has become an abstract concept – either defined as a civil right or a gift from God or both.