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Ga. House defeats amendment, Christian group plans rally

ATLANTA (BP)–A marriage amendment to the Georgia state Constitution failed to win approval in the state House Feb. 26, although supporters remained hopeful that it would win in a second vote.

The vote was 117-50 for the preservation of the traditional definition of marriage, but as a constitutional amendment, it needed a two-thirds majority, or 120 votes, to pass.

Massachusetts’ high court recently ruled in favor of same-sex “marriage,” and amendment supporters had expressed a fear that such a case could be repeated in Georgia.

Apparently, the amendment could be reconsidered as soon as March 1. Twelve members of the House were not present for the vote, the Associated Press reported.

Georgia Equality, a homosexual activist organization in the state, is aggressively opposing the amendment and urging its allies to storm the Capitol for “the second round of the House fight.”

The Christian Coalition is engaged in mobilizing hundreds of people to get to the Capitol March 1 in support of the amendment.

“Baptists are planning to do their part to stand up for the family and the biblical worldview they hold dear,” said Gerald Harris, editor of The Christian Index newspaper.

Churches and associations are planning to bring busloads and carloads of people to the rally, which will be held at noon Eastern March 1.

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and Tony Dickerson, president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, will be the rally’s featured speakers.

The amendment already has passed the state Senate.

“If Georgia’s Christians were as zealous for the cause of Christ as Georgia Equality is zealous for what they have falsely termed equal rights, Georgia would be the most God-honoring, righteous state in the union,” Harris said. “If, we, the people of God don’t win this battle, the entire landscape of our culture will be eroded by perversion and shame.”
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