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Mr. Graham’s statement was issued by the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which is led by Mr. Graham’s son, the Rev. Franklin Graham. He recorded a message last month in support of Amendment One, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman and is on the ballot in the election Tuesday.

“At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage,” the elder Mr. Graham’s statement said. “The Bible is clear — God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment” Tuesday.

His complete statement about Amendment One will be part of full-page ads slated to appear in 14 North Carolina newspapers throughout the weekend.

William Martin, who wrote the authorized Graham biography “A Prophet With Honor,” couldn’t recall another effort by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association like the one the ministry plans in support of Amendment One.

From wire dispatches and staff reports