Council Urges Marriage Vote
Special Report - February 20, 2009
In a unanimous vote on February 16, the Rowan County Commission approved a resolution urging the General Assembly to pass legislation that would give North Carolinians the opportunity to vote this November on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The two-page resolution was approved after the commissioners heard from the public on the issue during the meeting attended by over 100 local residents. State Senator Jim Forrester (R-Gaston) has asked all of the state’s county commission boards to pass resolutions endorsing the Marriage Protection Amendment, which he plans to introduce in the State Senate this month. To date, three countiesAvery, Rowan, and Madisonhave passed resolutions supporting the legislation, and at least two other county commissions have tentatively approved similar resolutions and are expected to also endorse them. The Rowan County resolution will be forwarded to members of the General Assembly.
“We applaud the Rowan County Commission for their unanimous endorsement of the Marriage Protection Amendment,” said Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of NC4Marriage. “Our legislative leaders need to know that protecting marriage in North Carolina through a constitutional amendment is a priority for citizens across this state. North Carolinians deserve the chance to vote on a marriage amendment this year.”
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