North Carolina approves ban on gay marriage

North Carolina voters approve gay marriage ban

NJ.com: North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, making it the 30th state to adopt such a ban.

With 35 percent of precincts reporting today, unofficial returns showed the amendment passing with about 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent against.

In the final days before the vote, members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet expressed support for gay marriage and former President Bill Clinton recorded phone messages urging voters to reject the amendment. Opponents also held marches, ran TV ads and gave speeches, including one by Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim Bakker and the late Tammy Faye Bakker.

Meanwhile, supporters had run their own ad campaigns and church leaders urged Sunday congregations to vote for the amendment. The Rev. Billy Graham, who at 93 remains influential even though his last crusade was in 2005, was featured in full-page newspaper ads supporting the amendment.

North Carolina law already bans gay marriage, like nine other states, but an amendment would effectively slam the door shut on same-sex marriages. The amendment also goes beyond state law by voiding other types of domestic unions from carrying legal status, which opponents warn could disrupt protection orders for unmarried couples.

The North Carolina amendment was placed on the ballot after Republicans took over control of the state Legislature after the 2010 elections, a role the GOP hadn’t enjoyed for 140 years.

Joe Easterling, who described himself as a devout Christian, voted for the amendment at a polling place in Wake Forest.  “I know that some people may argue that the Bible may not necessarily be applicable, or it should not be applicable, on such policy matters. But even looking at nature itself, procreation is impossible without a man and a woman. And because of those things, I think it is important that the state of North Carolina’s laws are compatible with the laws of nature but, more importantly, with the laws of God.”

Linda Toanone, who voted against the amendment, said people are born gay and it is not their choice.  “We think everybody should have the same rights as everyone else. If you’re gay, lesbian, straight — whatever,” she said.

North Carolina is the latest presidential swing state to weigh in on gay marriage. Florida, Virginia and Ohio all have constitutional amendments against gay marriage, and Obama’s election-year vagueness on gay marriage has come under fresh scrutiny.

Obama, who supports most gay rights, has stopped short of backing gay marriage. Without clarification, he’s said for the past year and a half that his personal views on the matter are “evolving.”

One fault line that could determine the result is generational. Older voters, who tend to be more reliable voters, are expected to back the amendment.  State House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican from a Charlotte suburb, said even if the amendment is passed, it will be reversed as today’s young adults age.

“It’s a generational issue,” Tillis told a student group at North Carolina State University in March about the amendment he supports. “If it passes, I think it will be repealed within 20 years.”

The amendment also goes beyond state law by voiding other types of domestic unions from carrying legal status, which opponents warn could disrupt protection orders for unmarried couples.  “Also, that amendment is against women, I believe, because also underneath the amendment, other laws are saying that people who aren’t married at all, they can’t file for domestic abuse cases, if they’re living with their significant other. Which is wrong,” Toanone said.

Once again, when the issue is put to voters, they define marriage as a union between a man an a woman.  Wonder how long before GLAAD starts the process to override the will of the voters.

DCG

10 responses to “North Carolina approves ban on gay marriage

  1. Yep, grabbed my brother after work and voted. Now we sit and wait for the activist judges to overturn the will of the people like they did in California…

  2. Will is right. This will be challenged in the courts. I just hope that NC judges aren’t as corrupt as California’s.

  3. Cathy Gardino

    I’m sure you’re right about the court challenge…and I know we’re right about what The People want. Thank you North Carolina!

  4. God Bless Noth Carolina

  5. YEA!!! Left a tweet on @fakedansavage rubbing it in a bit! :)

  6. He’ll say anything on the campaign.

    And to distract us from the real issue – the economy.

  7. Muslims not going to be too happy about this…

  8. Do you really think God would not give gays the right to choose against a lifestyle that he says is an abomination? I believe being gay is a choice and that God, in his infinite wisdom would know how to be fair. People get drunk or drugged and get into that mess, then stay out of some type rebellion going on within them. People put themselves in a position to do every sin in the book and then some. If they lived longer lives and were not saved, there would be nothing they would not get around to doing.

  9. Obama is for anything that will get him a vote, then again, he may like this mess. He is a known liar and deceiver. He is as trustworthy as a drug user. I do hope he is not one. He did admit to cocaine use at one time. Can people just do that once is my question.I personally do not believe they can. Something is just not right about a man who has so many deviate fringe groups as his followers.

  10. These Obaminites have opened the doors for demons into this country. These people have about ruined this country. Had Bill Ayers and people like him had been made to stay in prison where they belonged, this world would have been a better place. These people helped put the Obaminites in the White House by threatening to expose people down through the years. These drunks and dopers that have taken root in our nations capitol have been the cause of the downfall of this country. Some of these people are sorry before they get to D.C. and get 10 times worse once they get there.

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