North Carolina bishops criticize Obama statement on marriage amendment

Less than two months before North Carolina residents will vote on a state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, President Barack Obama blasted the amendment as discriminatory–prompting criticism from the state’s bishops.

“While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the president has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,” Obama campaign spokesman Cameron French said in the statement. “That’s what the North Carolina ballot initiative would do–it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples–and that’s why the president does not support it.”