Super PAC launches anti-gay marriage ad in N.C.

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A right-wing super PAC has launched an anti-gay marriage ad campaign in North Carolina, which is hosting thousands for the Democratic National Convention this week.

The PAC –Campaign for American Values – was formed by former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer, a leader on the Christian right.

The ad campaign, said Bauer, reminds North Carolina people – and visitors – that the state overwhelmingly voted for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman and to bar recognition of same-sex relationships.

The amendment in the swing state contrasts with the Democratic National Party platform adopted on Sept. 4 and pledging the party to support marriage equality and the repeal of the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act.

Bauer said, "Just hours after 61 percent of North Carolinians cast their ballots in support of normal marriage, Barack Obama insisted they were bigots when he publicly endorsed same-sex marriage. It was a slap in the face to the good and decent people of North Carolina, whose state is hosting the Democratic National Convention this week."

Bauer said the Democrats' platform "undermines the definition marriage as one man and one woman is also a slap in the face to the voters of 30 other states who, like North Carolinians, voted to protect and preserve the common sense definition of marriage."

Minnesota, Maryland, Washington and Maine will vote on marriage measures in November. Only Minnesota voters will vote on an anti-gay amendment, but voters in Maryland and Washington will decide whether to retain their marriage equality laws.

After adoption of the platform on Sept. 4, Jerame Davis of the National Stonewall Democrats, said, "I will never forget this moment. Today is the day our party and our president said what we have been saying for years – everyone deserves the freedom to marry and we will not deny that right to loving and committed same-sex couples. It's now our job to get out there and make that ideal a reality."

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