North Carolina Passes Amendment 1
Today North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage via a statewide ballot measure.
North Carolina already had a statute banning gay marriage but has now adopted a broader, vaguer ban that threatens domestic partnership protections for all couples and closes the door to any sort of same-sex unions.
“The fight goes on,” Human Rights Campaign spokesman Paul Guequierre said. The group was heavily involved in the anti-amendment Coalition to Protect North Carolina’s Families. “This is a temporary setback. Public opinion is quickly shifting toward equality and it’s only a matter of time until we achieve full equality under the law.”
And as if to prove the point, the vote came as new polls show an ever-growing acceptance of marriage equality.
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