At its 181st annual meeting, North Carolina Baptists approved a resolution in support of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

Voters in May will decided on the far-reaching amendment that would make it unconstitutional for North Carolina to recognize gay and lesbian couples with marriage, civil unions and possibly even domestic partnerships.

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) held its meeting earlier this week in Greensboro.

The resolution was brought by Jim Jacumin, a member of the BSCNC board of directors.

The resolution states that “Marriage originated from God, established in the order of creation to be a permanent union of one man with one woman” and that “Jesus reaffirmed the origin of marriage in the order of creation.”

It suggests that gay marriage would hurt the family, children, and North Carolina's reputation and “economic viability.”

The non-binding statement also called on the state's churches to “pray faithfully against the legalization of same-sex marriages or marriage substitutes in American law.”

“We call upon all the churches of the Baptist State Convention to vigorously organize a strong effort among their members to support passage of the Marriage Amendment ...”

More than 1,700 messengers and 130 visitors attended the two day event.