North Carolina voters ban gay marriage, civil unions

North Carolina voters ban gay marriage, civil unions

By Liz Goodwin

The Ticket

May 9, 2012

North Carolinians voted to change the state constitution Tuesday to say that the only valid “domestic legal partnership” in the state is marriage between a man and a woman, according to the AP’s projection. The amendment passed 61 to 39 percent with most counties reporting, making North Carolina the 29th state with a gay marriage ban in its constitution.

The state already outlawed gay marriage, but the constitutional amendment makes it more difficult for politicians to ever change the law. The amendment also means that a handful of North Carolina municipalities that extended benefits to the domestic partners of their employees will no longer be able to do so, since marriage is now the only valid legal partnership in the state. Former President Bill Clinton urged the state’s voters not to support the amendment in robocalls, while President Barack Obama’s office said he was also against the change.

Supporters of gay marriage out-raised and out-advertised their opponents in the lead up to the vote, emphasizing in TV ads that the amendment could also have repercussions for unmarried straight couples because of its vague language. The anti-amendment coalition raised more than $2 million, according to campaign finance disclosures, most of which came from small and large individual donations. The pro-amendment crowd, called Vote for Marriage NC, raised a little more than $1 million, with most of the money being donated by nonprofit groups, not individuals.

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6 Responses to North Carolina voters ban gay marriage, civil unions

  1. gideon says:

    May GOD continue to bless North Carolina.

    • I don’t support gay marriage at all, but at the same time I don’t support government marriage either. To me, the very definition of big government is having to get a government permit to get married.

  2. Cromwellsheart says:

    Amen to common sense.

  3. gideon says:

    I agree. Most people get the license because they’re taught or told they have to. But it really is just part of the 14th Amendment benefits package. This vote, to me, was about morality. It’s encouraging to see. Now let’s see what the courts do with it.

    • I agree. From a moral and traditional perspective, I agree with the outcome of the vote. But again, I see no reason for the state to be a part of marriage in any way. I see marriage as an institution between a man and a woman, not a man, woman, and the state.

      • Cromwellsheart says:

        Agreed Reb. The union is one made by two people in Gods eyes and has nothing to do with a state, or government.
        It takes us into the territory of separate religion and state. Self determination and liberty to choose. A fact sadly lost to many who feed from government nipples, a sign of social conditioning.

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