North Carolina voters reject same sex marriages

North Carolina voters Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected same sex unions by approving a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

At least 61 percent of the voters approved the amendment which says only marriage between a man and a woman is legal in the state.  North Carolina already has a law on the books blocking gay marriage but approval amendment adds the state to a growing list of those who have added the prohibition to their constitution.

Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling, based in Raleigh, told Capitol Hill Blue that the ban enjoyed widespread support from both blacks and whites in the state.

“That’s a very potent combination,” he said.

The ban is now part of the constitution in 28 states.

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7 Responses to "North Carolina voters reject same sex marriages"

  1. Jim B.  May 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    That’s another sad commentary….Another instance of how politicians and people talk out of two sides of their mouths…They say out of one side of the mouth: “We want big government to stop telling us what to do…They’re always pokin’ their noses into our lives.”

    Yet, when it suits their purposes to tell others what to do and how to live, the other side of the mouth takes control. And, then it’s OK for big government to tell “those others” what to do and how to live.

    28 states ban same sex marriage…Welcome to a new age of intolerance, narrow-minded thinking, and ignorance.

    • griff  May 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Sorry, but this is exactly how it’s supposed to work. You may disagree with the outcome, which is your right (do you live there, or do you wish to impose your will, right or wrong, on every one?), but the People of North Carolina decided that it wasn’t for them.

      Constitutionally, this is an issue to be left to the states, and the individual states have put the vote to the People.

      • Jim B.  May 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm

        Good point, Griff!…What you wrote makes sense, democracy like any other instrument can be used for good or the opposite, and it’s a system where a majority can impose its will on a minority even when the minority is not a threat to them, but they perceive them as a threat….As the old quote goes, democracy is a very bad form of government but it’s better than anything else on this planet.

        With time this type of law (or amendment) will be struck down as minority opinion becomes the majority opinion….There’s already been a sea change since 2004 when nationally something like 30-some % were in favor of same-sex unions, and now it’s 49 %.

        Without doing the research, I think this issue is swayed by the more fundamentalist Christian churches (more prevalent in the South), who believe homosexuality is a sin. So, it’s the intercourse of church doctrine with politics operating here.

  2. Jon  May 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”

    Mahatma Gandhi.

    J.

    • Jim B.  May 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Great quote, Jon!….Very appropriate to the situation. Looks like maybe it’s in the “fighting” stage…through the imposition of a type of sexual orientation “Jim Crow” law.

  3. Rick  May 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Can you still marry your sister in NC?

    • Doug Thompson  May 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

      No. That’s West Virginia :)

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