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Hundreds rally in Charlotte against anti-gay marriage amendment

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hundreds marched from the Convention Center to Marshall Park in protest of an anti-gay marriage amendment.

The rally was in conjunction with the annual meeting of Unitarian universilists.

It comes at a time when the house and senate is considering an amendment to the constitution to tighten up the ban against same sex marriage.

Gaston County Senator Jim Forrester has fought for years to get the amendment passed.

He says right now a "liberal" judge could overturn the ban.

He says he feels like this could be the year to pass the amendment with a Republican majority.

He told supporters in Raleigh last month that quote "Moms and Dads are not interchangeable"...and this is just the "right thing to do."

Another Republican leader told that same group of people quote "This is part of liberal agenda to try and take God out of American and place it on the need of government."

"The family is a foundation of a healthy society. It's simple - it's a covenant between God, a husband and a wife." Nathan Tabor Forsyth Republican Party Chairman.

Rev. Robin Tanner, minister of the Piedmont Unitarian Universilist Church of Charlotte calls the amendment hateful and said it "will hurt a lot of families."

"It's something as faith leaders we know there is a different voice in Charlotte. We know there is a different side of North Carolinians - who will stand on the side of love and stand up for LGBT families," Tanner said.

The President recently expressed his opinion on civil unions in New York.

"I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country," Obama said.

In response, Rev. Tanner she calls it a step in the right direction.

North Carolina is the last southern state not to have a federal amendment.

If passed it would on the 2012 ballot and the governor could not veto it.

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