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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. While I generally agree that completely boycotting everywhere that votes against us is probably not very productive, it's certainly something to take into account in terms of where you live. And to everyone who has said that California is just as bad, that's ridiculous.

    First of all, Prop 8 passed four years ago, by 10 points less than this. Second, it doesn't eliminate civil unions. And unlike North Carolina, California has robust civil unions (which NC would not have had for a long time even if this amendment had been defeated). Finally, the Legislature, which passed a same-sex marriage bill 7 years ago, the governor, and the supreme court are all strongly pro-gay, and all oppose Proposition 8. They passed the gay representation in textbooks bill, there's a robust nondiscrimination law. These facts are all relevant and there's no comparison between CA and NC. (And for the record, I do not live, and never have lived, in California).

    Posted by: Tyler | May 9, 2012 3:19:00 AM

  2. Did anyone on the planet expect any less of North Carolina?
    There have always been two Americas. NC is the one the world doesn't want to move to.
    This is a constitutional issue now.

    Posted by: BILLOFTHEDESERT | May 9, 2012 3:51:03 AM

  3. Is divorce legal in North Carolina?

    If so, perhaps the gay community, who value marriage not only for the legal protections it offers, but also as a public celebration of commitment, can work to put anti-divorce laws up for public vote--that is, put the rights of heterosexual couples to divorce up for vote.

    Divorce does more to destroy marriage than gay marriage ever would. So let's put divorce up for vote if we really want to "protect" marriage. I mean "what God has joined together, let no man put asunder" etc. Based on that verse (Mark 10:9), divorce is completely not Biblical.

    North Carolina, since your state wishes to practice Biblical principles, please repeal the legal rights of heterosexual couples to divorce. Take it a step further & SAVE MARRIAGE by repealing divorce.

    Posted by: jd | May 9, 2012 5:03:14 AM

  4. Bank of America based in North Carolina I am closing my account today The one I opened in 1975

    Posted by: Jeff | May 9, 2012 5:10:06 AM

  5. The Reverend Billy Graham can now die proud of himself that he helped to bring forth sorrow and hardship on so many people in the name of his god. Hope you get to meet God soon, Mr. Graham.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | May 9, 2012 6:27:44 AM

  6. PS: No way my family will ever vacation in North Carolina again. Our dollars will spend just as well, elsewhere.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | May 9, 2012 6:29:09 AM

  7. WTF!! If this were an issue of race or gender,most Americans would chain themselves to railings; demand a recount;protest in the streets! Hey, it's just about the civil liberties and equal status of a bunch of fags and dykes, therefore it don't mean a thing? Like hell it means something - LGBTQ people cannot just sit back and allow members of our own community to be treated in this way. Where is our outrage? Our protest? Why are LGBTQ Americans asked to pay the same taxes as other members of the community for fewer rights? Have a look at mass withholding of taxes - there were massive rent strikes in Scotland and other places in Europe that soon stung some action out of people!

    Posted by: Sam de Croy | May 9, 2012 6:52:41 AM


    Posted by: Derek | May 9, 2012 7:21:08 AM

  9. Jason
    The president wasn't going to get your vote anyway nor did he get it the last time.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 9, 2012 7:54:28 AM

  10. Maggie Gallagher is creaming her panties right now.

    Posted by: Andy | May 9, 2012 8:16:15 AM

  11. 1. Let the people vote on marriage. --DONE!
    2. Let the married people vote on segregation.
    3. Let the married white people vote on slavery.
    4. Let the straight white married people vote on divorce.
    5. Let straight white christian married people vote on public burning of witches.

    Posted by: Radical Rightwing Checklist for NC | May 9, 2012 8:38:02 AM

  12. Its time to wake up people. The American Taliban are well on their way to a complete victory. Their propaganda machine has the people of this country believing it was founded as a Christian Nation (it was begun to escape the Church of England) with our Christian Founding Fathers, Franklin was an atheist and Washington was a firm believer in religous tolerance and that no one religion was to define America.

    We as citizens of this country must now stand up and demand our rights. If I am not allowed the same rights and protections as the hetero's I think its time to forgo paying taxes,

    Resist, Revolt, Repeal

    Posted by: Wild Pup | May 9, 2012 8:57:09 AM

  13. For what I previously read about this biblical lands of North –and South- Carolina, not only is not surprising, but I expect slavery to be reestablished next in line.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | May 9, 2012 8:57:45 AM

  14. Only 34% of people voted last night in North Carolina. Not only do we have a severe problem with homophobia in America, but we also have a severe problem with apathy in regards to gays/straights "supporters". Way, way too many people who say they support our rights and/or are gay themselves don't back it up in the voting booth, on the street.......anywhere. The bigots are more motivated than our side. That's something that has to fixed as well going forward. To make gay rights something worth fighting for.

    Posted by: Francis | May 9, 2012 9:22:25 AM

  15. i'm going to boycott whatever possible from NC. This link is a good place to start.

    Posted by: RKY | May 9, 2012 10:40:26 AM

  16. Didn't we all know this would be the result? Seriously. If we gays really want to fight back, we need to hit the right-wing, hypocrites right in their "save the sanctity of marriage" gut. We need to begin a campaign to BAN DIVORCE. The hypocrites cannot have it both ways. So, let's get it together, start a movement and get this initiative on every states next election cycle. If nothing more, it will bring to light the right's hypocritical ways. THEY CAN NO LONGER HAVE THEIR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | May 9, 2012 11:15:47 AM

  17. Anyone who thinks the vote on Amendment One was shameful and disgusting needs to sign the repeal petition circulating on

    Posted by: Tony | May 9, 2012 11:21:23 AM

  18. There's a lot of old-fashioned ignorance in North Carolina, as in most of the south, and much of the rest of the country - it is manifested in bible-thumping, it is manifested in racism, it is manifested in "tradition". I'm not surprised. If the Civil War were waged again today, I wouldn't fight - let the bumpkins secede.

    Posted by: John | May 9, 2012 11:53:47 AM

  19. THIS is why public opinion polls don't mean an F-ing thing when it comes to gay rights or gay marriage. How many of the people who said they didn't support the Amendment were actually motivated enough to get off their fat a$$es and actually VOTE against it?

    Very few, apparently.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 9, 2012 12:03:02 PM

  20. Gay marriage banned in CA - far more registered democrats than registered republicans, gay marriage banned in NC, far more registered democrats than registered republicans. If all the democrats so filled with love and free of fear... then how do these measures pass?

    Posted by: johnc | May 9, 2012 12:04:30 PM

  21. I'm sure John even less republican voted no then dems. Most of the 40% were prob democrats. Minimal help from the right
    But you're right dems voted yes on this.

    New civil rights has a good article on how republicans are becoming more anti gay as time goes on, makes you think if that's true,

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 9, 2012 12:40:28 PM

  22. It's obvious NC has not gotten past the hateful legacy of their favorite son and Senator Jesse Helms. This is was an expected result but it wasn't even close.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | May 9, 2012 1:06:15 PM

  23. One economic boycott that can work is if given the choice to fly thru Charlotte DON'T ! Don't give them your tax dollars ifbu don't want to hurt the gay friendly businesses.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | May 9, 2012 1:16:02 PM

  24. Pretty obvious by the map that someone posted earlier that the only counties that voted against are counties that have major educational (i.e. smarter and more enlightened folks) institutions.

    North Carolina is still considered the 'deep South' and I didn't expect anything less than this outcome, however, I am still disappointed.

    Posted by: MLK | May 9, 2012 1:45:20 PM

  25. Only the Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte and Asheville metro areas, and I think where Appalachian University is. And that pretty much reflects NC as a whole. A few islands in a vast sea of rednecks

    Posted by: gary | May 9, 2012 3:15:50 PM

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