The vote makes North Carolina the 30th state to adopt a ban on gay marriage. While North Carolina law already bans same-sex marriage, the amendment means civil unions and potentially other types of domestic partnerships will no longer be recognized legally by the state.
More states will vote on gay marriage later this year. In November, Minnesota voters will cast ballots on a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between one man and one woman. Washington state voters are also expected to consider a gay marriage ban while Maine in November will vote on whether to approve same-sex marriage.
The vote in the key swing state came after a tough couple days for the White House on the issue of gay marriage, which President Barack Obama hasn’t publicly favored. But Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan both publicly endorsed marriage equality in recent days, making their boss look behind the curve in the gay community.
As expected, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved the state constitutional amendment 60 percent to 40 percent, with nearly half of precincts reporting.
“Your efforts send a message to the state of North Carolina and to the country that we will not allow marriage to be redefined in this state,” Tami Fitzgerald, chair of Vote for Marriage NC, told supporters gathered in Raleigh. “The nation is watching North Carolina, and we have given them a high standard to follow.”
Foes of the amendment suggested that its passage paves the way for unintended consequences for the state’s families.
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