North Carolina Passes Same Marriage Ban
Published: May 12, 2012
North Carolina Passes Same Marriage Ban, North Carolina voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning same-S-EX- marriage, CNN projects, putting a ban that already existed in state law into the state’s charter.
With more than 2 million votes counted from Tuesday’s referendum, supporters of the ban led opponents by a 61%-39% margin, according to figures from the State Board of Elections. Its backers celebrated by serving wedding cake to their supporters in a Raleigh ballroom.
Tami Fitzgerald, the head of Vote for Marriage NC, said she had been confident that “the people of North Carolina would rise up and vote to keep the opposition from redefining traditional marriage.”
“We are not anti-g*y, we are pro-marriage,” she said. “And the point — the whole point — is simply that you don’t rewrite the nature of God’s design for marriage based on the demands of a group of adults.”
The amendment alters North Carolina’s constitution to say that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” Supporters argued that the amendment was needed to stop those trying to redefine marriage and ward off possible future actions of “activist judges.”
Opponents called the measure redundant and warned it could result in jeopardizing domestic violence protections for women and affect couples’ health benefits. Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, also urged a no vote, arguing that writing a discriminatory provision into the state charter “is just plain wrong.”
Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families, acknowledged the loss and told opponents, “It’s OK to grieve.” But he urged advocates of same-S-EX- marriage to keep fighting.
“All eyes in the nation are on us tonight, wondering not only how we came together to fight this epic campaign, but what is it going to leave behind — what’s going to happen to North Carolina after this,” Kennedy said. “And I have to say that we are stronger for it. We are better for it. Our voices are louder now. We have courage like we’ve never had before.”
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