North Carolina Bans Same-Sex Marriage

Still wondering why President Obama's position on same-sex marriage is still "evolving?" Tonight's vote in the battleground state of North Carolina confirmed many people's suspicions - President Obama's bid for re-election is predicated on nothing more than electoral politics. Lynn Bonner and Jay Price of the Raleigh News & Observer have more on the vote in the Tar Heel State:

North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.

North Carolina is the last state in the south to add such an amendment, and supporters hoped for a resounding victory.

Incomplete returns show the amendment up 59.72 percent to 40.28 percent. Some large counties, including Durham and Mecklenburg have not reported results.

Primary turnout was heavy. Though there were many other races on the ballot, including primaries for statewide offices and congressional seats, the amendment appeared to drive much of the political discussion.

Marriage rights for gay couples has been a topic of national debate this year, and North Carolina’s amendment and the campaigns for and against it drew international attention.

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published this page in In The News 2012-05-08 23:50:00 -0400
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