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Amendment One Passes in North Carolina


North Carolina has voted to constitutionally prohibit any domestic union other than a marriage between a man and a woman, the AP reports.

NCIn doing so, voters have also banned civil unions and stripped same-sex couples of domestic partnership benefits. Voters have eliminated health care, prescription drug coverage and other benefits for public employees and children receiving domestic partner benefits. They have threatened protections for all unmarried couples in North Carolina.

ABC News:

With a little over 43 percent of precincts reporting, support for the amendment was strong- with about 61 percent of North Carolina voters casting their ballots in favor of the amendment, and roughly 39 percent voting against it.

North Carolina is now the 30th state with a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Results are still coming in as of this posting, but it's not even close.

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  1. Yes, people lie to polls. Actually, the people who tend to lie are the "I don't know" voters more than anything. They almost ALWAYS vote conservative regarding marriage, and virtually all other "liberal" issues. And that's either because they're scared to come out and admit their bigotry, or they go into the ballot and get scared to vote for progress. It's all about fear and comfort, and they lack the comfort to go against what they have been basically mentally poisoned to believe their entire lives.

    This is why the youth vote is so crucial. They're not poisoned. Consistently, they have voted with us. It's also why we should have hope, because as long as that trend remains, we will eventually overtake the powers that be. Until that day comes, we are in for a rocky road.

    Posted by: Francis | May 8, 2012 10:27:00 PM

  2. Well, my summer vacation is canceled later this year in NC! Hopefully, my relatives will understand. But how sad. How very sad!

    Posted by: Gary | May 8, 2012 10:37:08 PM

  3. I'm from South Carolina and I'm really disappointed that North Carolina's tally is virtually identical to ours in 2006. They really ran a great campaign up there and they have some great progressive forces in NC.

    Also, "the challenge we have is bigger than your regional snobbery is letting you see."

    I second Patrick's remarks!

    Posted by: Jaime | May 8, 2012 10:37:53 PM

  4. I, too, have in the past spent thousands of dollars in North Carolina, but I never will again. Because I'm getting to be old enough to think about it, I have even contemplated retiring to the Chapel Hill area -- torn between there and Vermont. I'm not torn any more.

    Posted by: kit | May 8, 2012 10:38:22 PM

  5. Two steps forward, one step back. We're still getting there.

    Posted by: Ken | May 8, 2012 10:42:44 PM

  6. It's bloody North Carolina, hoping for the opposite is spitting downwind in a hurricane.

    Posted by: Polyboy | May 8, 2012 10:48:59 PM

  7. High Point is one of the largest furniture/home design markets in the country. Today our company committed to no longer attend market there until the amendment is struck down or voted out. We have also sent a letter to all our vendors that show there urging them to pull out of the state.

    Posted by: Socaldesign | May 8, 2012 10:49:29 PM

  8. I think we can win Washington, Maine and maybe minnesota and Maryland. Today sucks but we'll get there

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 8, 2012 10:52:40 PM

  9. Gay business owners should relocate to states that allow it, sell property, drop employees, increase product/services cost, not tolerate sub par performance of co-workers, and stick to our own for once. Am not surprised at all on the decision in NC though it is the south, which tends to have an idiotic, unrealistic, consistently lazy and low work ethic attitude.

    Posted by: jb | May 8, 2012 10:55:02 PM

  10. For everyone calling for a boycott, remember 29 other states have a similar law including California, do we boycott them all? Makes more sense to just support business with a strong record of supporting LGBT issues and boycott those who don't.

    Posted by: Ken | May 8, 2012 10:57:26 PM

  11. You people are unbelievably myopic. Where, exactly, have you won any referendum?

    Posted by: Patrick | May 8, 2012 10:59:44 PM

  12. Well that's disappointing. November will be very interesting.

    Posted by: william | May 8, 2012 11:02:33 PM

  13. Patrick go troll somewhere else

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 8, 2012 11:02:34 PM

  14. It would seem America will be one of the last nations to accept same sex marriage, and then America will crow about how great and democratic it is once it finally does have same sex marriage. Hardly surprising. Other nations abolished slavery before America. Other nations gave women the vote before America. Other nations gave their citizens universal health care and America is arguing about taking away what health care it does provide. Other nations have have had women as elected heads of state and heads of government and America still hasn't matched that yet. No, I am afraid that as long as you continue to put minority rights up for the vote it will be a very long time before same sex marriage is available to all in America.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | May 8, 2012 11:02:40 PM

  15. I looked at some of the comments at the Charlotte Observer and of course there is talk about gay marriage destroying moral fabric etc. (Doesn't divorce do that more effectively??)Create a law to ban divorce then. Also, special rights by LGBT etc. Very sad.

    Posted by: ajj-drt | May 8, 2012 11:03:48 PM

  16. More to come after Romney wins in November, you guys better set what your priorities are.

    Posted by: johnosahon | May 8, 2012 11:05:14 PM

  17. Johnosahon Explain

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 8, 2012 11:09:43 PM

  18. I don't get it...coming from a country (Portugal) that has had gay marriage for a couple of years now, why is it even on the ballot in the first place?? Ridiculous.

    Posted by: Paul | May 8, 2012 11:12:20 PM

  19. Washington 2009, Patrick.

    And Ken is right, don't hurt Chapel Hill, Durham, Asheville, because the rest of the state is bigoted. SUPPORT the gay-accepting businesses and areas in North Carolina and all 50 states. Because that's what they need, especially in the conservative states. Just spending money and living in New York or California, is not going to change anything and change is what we want. Running away from the problem won't solve it. We need to support our LGBTQ brothers and sisters in all states and withholding all money from these states doesn't do that. Also to the few who said "move to a better state", easier said than done. I'm sure many a gay man has dreamed of moving to WEHO, San Fran or Chicago from their rural towns in the South. But that simply is not a viable option for many people. There shouldn't be entire STATES in the country that are effectively no-go zones for us. That is pathetic and we have to change it.

    Awareness, education, a bit of sensitivity. Yeah, these bigots are stupid, but we have to talk to them on their level and try to get them to see the light.

    Posted by: Francis | May 8, 2012 11:13:06 PM

  20. I never found the people of North Carolina intelligent enough to be considered relevant. Sad, ignorance and bigotry will be their lasting legacy.

    Posted by: Candace | May 8, 2012 11:17:18 PM

  21. I think what he or she means is obvious. President Romney and the right wingers he has sold his soul to are going to make life much more difficult for us. Re-instating Don't Ask Don't Tell, and anything else we have fought for.

    Posted by: PJ | May 8, 2012 11:18:23 PM

  22. My last post was directed @Georgem btw

    Posted by: PJ | May 8, 2012 11:21:22 PM

  23. My precinct voted 85% against the amendment, Candace. Are we too stupid and irrelevant for you too? Enjoy your conservative supreme court for the next 25 years.

    Posted by: Patrick | May 8, 2012 11:27:16 PM

  24. Of course this is not unexpected. I'm not sure we should seem to be in such a state of shock about it. If you put inter-racial marriage up for a vote in NC, you'd probably get a surprisingly high percentage of opponents wanting to outlaw it. Civil rights have never been won by a group by referendum.

    Here's the important stuff:
    1)what was the average age of the voters? I suspect that most of the people motivated enough to go vote on this were older. The only younger voters would be brain-washed megachurch-attending zombies. I just don't see many moderate, straight people (already a minority in NC) caring enough to go vote on it. When I worked in a office with younger, white collar workers, none of them voted in primaries. The only people who did were crusty old Republicans. (it wasn't a single ballot, it was attached to the NC primary)
    2) Preventing Romney from being elected. There won't be anymore stealth moderates like Souter. He will litmus test every candidate to make sure they want to bring America back to the 20s. Believe me Scalia is anxious to get on the lecture circuit and make big bucks for his many grandchildren. He will resign the instant he knows he can be replaced by another reactionary.
    3) Boycotts are pointless in a case like this. It's not trolling to say: "what are you going to boycott, 30 states of the Union?" Better to support gay friendly companies and municipalities.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | May 8, 2012 11:35:22 PM

  25. I took it as get over the marriage issue and fight for Obama

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 8, 2012 11:46:20 PM

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