Famed televangelist Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday urged North Carolina voters to support an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage.
“Watching the moral decline of our country causes me great concern,” said Graham, 93, in a statement. “I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected.”
Graham’s statement was issued by the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which also announced that Graham’s message would be published in a full-page ad that would appear in 14 North Carolina newspapers throughout the weekend.
“The Bible is clear — God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment,” Graham, who lives near Asheville, said in the ad:
The amendment goes before North Carolina voters next Tuesday, May 8.