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North Carolina marriage amendment profile rises

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As the May 8 referendum date draws near, the constitutional amendment to protect marriage is becoming a hot topic of discussion in parishes around the diocese and in the media.

Two Charlotte parishes are holding discussion forums in April, and the diocese will take to the public airwaves during March.

Parish forums are scheduled for April 17 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Church in uptown Charlotte, and April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, also in Charlotte.

Pictured above: David Hains, director of communication for the Diocese of Charlotte, and another supporter of the constitutional amendment to protect marriage appeared on WFAE 90.7's morning talk show "Charlotte Talks" with host Mike Collins March 8.

The forums are being held to explain Church teaching as it relates to the marriage amendment and to answer questions from those in attendance.

Susan Krasniewski, director of faith formation and adult education at St. Gabriel Church, said the forum was the idea of pastor Father Frank O'Rourke. "Father wants people to understand what the marriage amendment is, as well as what it is not."022912wedding-mejiasYvonne and Mark Mejias were married March 29, 1981. They got married at Holy Family Catholic Church in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and are now members of Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons, NC.

The constitutional amendment defines marriage as being only between one man and one woman. It elevates what is existing state law into the constitution, where it would be protected from political or judicially mandated changes.

Besides the parish forums, on March 8 diocesan director of communication David Hains represented both Bishop Peter Jugis and Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh on WFAE 90.7's morning talk show "Charlotte Talks." A recording of the show is available online at www.wfae.org.

— Catholic News Herald

Learn more

SET UP A PUBLIC FORUM: Diocesan communication director David Hains is available to speak at parish forums about the marriage amendment. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 704-370-3336.

Follow the latest news: Go to www.CatholicVoiceNC.org

WATCH THE BISHOPS' VIDEOS: North Carolina's bishops are producing a series of four videos explaining Church teaching about marriage. View the first two videos now on the Diocese of Charlotte's YouTube channel.

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