North Carolina Amendment One Bans Gay Marriage in State

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An overwhelming North Carolina vote to define marriage as legal only between a man and woman dealt a strong blow to gay marriage supporters this week.

With 58 percent support, the measure made North Carolina the 29th state to ban gay marriage, which is legal in only six states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Maryland and New York) and the District of Columbia.

Washington and Maryland passed legislation to permit it, but those laws have yet to take effect. In any case, North Carolina deals marriage equality a setback.

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The state's Amendment One also proved that despite slow, but steady increases in support nationally, same-sex unions remain unappealing in many areas.

The vote came as President Obama has been facing criticism from his Democratic base for not coming out in favor of gay marriage, even as several of his Cabinet officials - including Vice President Joe Biden - have expressed support.

The most recent Gallup poll shows a plurality of voters support gay marriage, with the number backing it growing over the last several years.

But the results in North Carolina, a major presidential battleground state narrowly won by Obama in 2008, could temper that momentum.

Obama’s description of himself as “evolving” on the issue amounts to a public flirtation, prompting speculation that he’ll become a gay-marriage supporter in time for the Democratic National Convention this summer in Charlotte.

But the president is counting on North Carolina and demographically similar states, like Virginia, to lift him to a second term in a tight race.

Assuming an unpopular position on such a high-profile issue is politically dangerous if he hopes to defeat Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

It is probably much more likely that Obama continues to occupy the grey area between opposition and support for the remainder of 2012.

If he were to win reelection, his position could potentially "evolve" again in 2013, but the N.C. Amendment 1 vote likely rules it out before that.

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I think and feel that gay marriage should be legal in EVERY state. PEACE!!!!!


Thank goodness NC has made the right choice.


Hmmmmm. Remember Ted Haggard & Eddie Long? The guys who make most noise about gays are hiding homos. What straight man comments on a gossip website - haaa! Closet gays here.


D.gahan, teach your children one man and one woman. If they have homosexual tendencies, make them repent. Stand back with a smile on your face, for you are a great parent. Now if you want honesty....if your child is homosexual the following could happen. Best case they just hate you or they will sleep with several same sex individuals. Worst case they will hate themselves or kill themselves. That is honesty.


The people have spoken in Barack Obama said after the '08 election. "Elections have consequences." Here we go! I'm proud of NC voters. They were not afraid to express their views. Our President is another subject....coward had to be pressed to take a stand. Sign of weak leadership. I wouldn't consider his endorsement of gay marriage as any great shakes. It had to be forced out of him. That bring into question his real sincerity.


WHOO HOO NORTH CAROLINA! I'm so sick of these CA F.L.G ~ there's still hope for CALIFORNIA TOO! ~ Drop D all others!!!!! which maybe soon since AIDS is still on our side~!


God and the Bible did not make this law your government did,be mad at your government who put this law up for vote.Less government is better.


God made me. I am a Christian. I am gay. Shame on you, North Carolina.


If you have to make a law that hurts a number of people just to prove your morals or faith, then you have no true morals or faith to prove.


Woot! Woo!!! For North Carolina!!!! Now watch the media spin on the vote...I'm for equal rights; Retirement, Medical, etc. Marriage , Man & Women...

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