New WRAL Documentary “The Amendment”

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New WRAL Documentary “The Amendment”
The Passionate Debate For and Against N.C.’s Proposed Defense of Marriage Amendment

Premieres Monday, April 23 at 7pm

WRAL Documentary On May 8, North Carolina voters will decide whether to approve an amendment to the state Constitution.

“An act to amend the constitution to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

The Defense of Marriage Act, known as Amendment One, is a divisive issue stirring debate among political and religious leaders and igniting passionate activism on both sides.

A new WRAL Documentary: “The Amendment,” examines the debate and potential impact if Amendment One passes.  The half-hour program is hosted by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree and airs Monday April 23 at 7pm.

North Carolina already has a law banning same-sex marriage. Supporters say the amendment is needed to prevent that law from being overturned in the future by the legislature or the courts.  Opponents say the amendment not only discriminates against same-sex couples, but would also cost them many of the rights married couples enjoy, such as being covered by a spouse’s health insurance, hospital visitation rights and tax breaks. 

“The Amendment” breaks down the legislation,profiles a traditional married couple and a same-sex couple, and includes the viewpoints of religious leaders, legislators and activists on both sides.

“The Amendment” will air on Capitol Broadcasting Company stations across North Carolina:

  • WRAL-TV, Raleigh, Monday, April 23 at 7:00pm
  • WILM-TV, Wilmington, Monday, April 23 at 7:00pm
  • WJZY-TV. Charlotte, Sunday, April 29 at 10:30pm
  • WRAZ-TV, Durham, Saturday, May 5 at 7:30pm
  • WMYT-TV, Charlotte, Sunday, May 6 at 6:00pm

To watch a preview of the documentary, go to www.wral.com Search: WRAL doc.

The documentary will also be available for on-demand viewing anytime after the premiere television broadcast on April 23.

Watch and discuss on twitter using #TheAmendment.

WRAL Documentary is one of the only dedicated documentary units in local TV and was recently honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow award. Its mission is to tackle in-depth topics and social issues relevant to North Carolinians.

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Tullos for this capcom story & graphic.

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