Defending the family

North Carolina Pastors Demand Gov. Pat McCrory Defend State's Constitutional Amendment

Republican Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina makes remarks during a "Growth and Jobs in America" discussion at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. Feb. 23, 2014.

A group supporting the North Carolina Pastors Network demanded the state's governor defend the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state despite lawsuits from same-sex couples at the local and national level at a rally on Tuesday.

Leaders from the group of about 30 people who gathered on the steps of the old Capitol building, are sending North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory a petition asking him to use his executive powers to defend the amendment that was approved by 61 percent of voters in 2012, The Associated Press reported.

"People have spoken loud and clear," said Wooden, who is the senior pastor of Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh. "We said in this state that we do not want marriage in the state of North Carolina redefined."

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