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Same-sex marriage debate continues in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. - It is a battle still being fought two years after a constitutional amendment was enacted in North Carolina prohibiting same sex marriage. Today, on the anniversary of that law’s passage, supporters and opponents of same sex marriage participated in rallies in Raleigh.

In Raleigh, opponents and supporters of same sex marriage made their views known in public ways.

Trudy and Justine Price-O’Neil symbolically applied for a Wake County marriage license as part of a larger group of nine couples who were trying to put a face on same sex marriage. The couple received their original marriage certificate from Massachusetts.

“We are a married couple -- the federal government recognizes us -- but here in North Carolina we are not and we are looking forward to when that changes,” Trudy Price-O’Neil said. “Marriage is defined by the god of nature.”

But some others do not want that to change. More than 300 people showed up outside the State Capitol as part of a rally by the North Carolina Values Coalition  which is  fighting lawsuits to overturn the state’s marriage amendment.

“There are a lot of attacks going on against the amendment by people who don’t like it in the state, but the truth is the majority of North Carolinians still support marriage as between one man and one woman,” said Tami Fitzgerald of the NC Values Coalition member.

Some who rallied at the Capitol hoped their presence would send a message.

When asked what her opposition to same sex marriage was, Ramona Timm, a supporter of the marriage amendment, said, “Not necessarily an opposition as much as it is that I am for marriage as it has been defined since the beginning of history.”

But some same sex couples say that allowing them to marry in this state will create history.

“We should be like everyone else. Hopefully, for generations to come we’re paving the way and Southern states and North Carolina will come around,” said same sex couple Carlie Fink-Maddux and Tiffany Maddux.

Currently, 17 states allow same sex marriage and Federal judges have struck down bans on it in five other states, including neighboring Virginia.

North Carolinians voted for Amendment 1 on May 8, 2014. There were 1,303,952 votes for the amendment and 831,788 against.

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