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North Carolina Constitutionally Defines Gay Marriage as Illegal
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On Tuesday, North Carolina voted approval for a constitutional amendment that explicitly defines marriage as a relationship between a man and woman, thus barring gays from the right to marriage and possibly even to civil union. Supporters for marriage equality are regrouping Wednesday to plan the next step.

“We can’t change the results of this vote, but we can determined what comes next,” said Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, director of Campaign for Southern Equality. “When kids across the state wake up, I want them to know that this story isn’t over.”

But it is those who wish to vote gays out of marriage who seem to feel persecuted:


“Despite the relentless lawsuits and attempts to marginalize supporters of traditional marriage, a clear majority of the American people have not given up on standing in support of marriage,” said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, which rallied support of the recent amendment. “But instead, the evidence suggests they want to see it strengthened and preserved for future generations.”

“We are not anti-gay, we are pro-marriage,” said Tami Fitzgerald, a chairwoman for another group seeking support of the amendment to ban gay marriage, Vote for Marriage NC. “And the point — the whole point — is simply that you don’t require the nature of God’s design for marriage based on the demands of a  group of adults,” she explained, in a commentary on the logic of the verse “the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.”

The vote turned out a vote of 55 to 39 percent in a vote that garnered more turnout than the last presidential election with nearly half a million people voting.

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President Obama, whose position is for civil unions but against gay marriage, avoided commenting on the issue and canceled a trip he had schedule today.



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