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Catholic Church political mailer draws complaint to N.C. elections board

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Catholic Dioceses of North Carolina have contributed $100,000 in support of Amendment One, a ballot initiative that goes before voters Tuesday, and if approved, would amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage.

And now the Raleigh Diocese has sent a mailer titled “Why Traditional Marriage Matters” that is prompting a complaint to the N.C. State Board of Elections, reported the Charlotte News & Observer.

Carol Love, the former executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, a liberal-advocacy group, has filed a complaint with the state elections board, and questioned whether the Catholic Church has filed the proper campaign paperwork for the mailer

“My complaint is that the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh does not seem to be adhering to all state, and possibly federal, election and lobby laws, including reporting requirements, and request that the Board of Elections investigate this matter,” Love wrote.

A staffer at the elections board told her the no records reflected the political expenditure.

If approved by voters, the North Carolina state constitution would be amended to prohibit all “domestic legal unions” other than between “a man and a woman” as the only domestic legal unions “valid or recognized in this state.”

At the very least, the amendment would clearly ban relationship rights beyond same-sex marriage, and also bar recognition of civil unions, as well as the domestic partnerships now offered to public employees in some North Carolina municipalities.

The most recent polling from Public Policy Polling revealed that 55 percent of voters support the amendment — but many don’t realize that it also bans civil unions and domestic partnerships.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. time t itax chruches as PACs..this ia a direct violation of law!

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:12pm
  2. I heard of a church locally who showed a video and asked for donations for the church and the political party together…how can they get away with that crap?

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:13pm
  3. saw several churches in Stockton, CA that had the ‘Yes on 8′ signs up in front of the buildings. “If they want to so publicly endorse one measure or candidate over another, WHY are they tax exempt???”

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:15pm
  4. This surprises on one im sure. The Cathoic church is an organization of hypocrits molest a child and don’t let an adult marry forr love.

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:19pm
  5. so now churches are allowed to get into politics & still are able to keep their tax exempt status ??? … so much for the laws for sep of church and state –

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:21pm

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:21pm
  7. Your dogma has nothing to do with legal rights -_-

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:35pm
  8. Since when was it given over to the states to prohibit the free expression of religion.

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:47pm
  9. When are yall gonna get it marriage is a religious sacrement so banning it in any form violates the 1st amendment.

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:50pm
  10. If they meddle in politics, they should lose their tax-exempt status—Property taxes on those cathedrals would sure help a lot of poor North Carolina kids eat, and other kids get therapy for having been molested.

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:02pm
  11. Time to tax the church.

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 3:29pm
  12. Why are they still tax exempt?

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 4:09pm
  13. Marriage is also a civil ceremony, no religion that I know of there Rob.

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 4:11pm
  14. who in their right fucking mind would ever want to get married in a bullshit civil ceremony. if thats all marriage is then why are the religious arguing for or against gay marriage. DOMA is sherea law and violates the 1rt amendmdent

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 8:44pm
  15. Catholic church disregards U.S. law no surprise there.

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 9:49pm
  16. sighing, that hate so much ugh! grrrr……

    Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 10:58pm
  17. I’m a Catholic went to Catholic elementry school and Catholic college, and I have, well, whatever that leaves you with. I’ll go to church if somebody gets born, dies, gets married. But this burns my ass. What happened to the seperation of church and state? What happened to God loves everyone?

    Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 2:32pm