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NC approves amendment on gay marriage

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MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina voters have approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, making it the 30th state to adopt such a ban.

With 35 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, unofficial returns showed the amendment passing with about 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent against.

In the days before the vote, members of President Barack Obama's cabinet expressed support for gay marriage and former President Bill Clinton recorded phone messages urging voters to reject the amendment.

Meanwhile, supporters ran their own ad campaigns and church leaders urged Sunday congregations to vote for the amendment. The Rev. Billy Graham was featured in full-page newspaper ads supporting the amendment.

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Just read your BIBLE and see

Just read your BIBLE and see what happened when Lot's wife looked back. Maybe you will be that pillow of salt! nope, take your whooping and go home, get in your closet and stay there,and don't you come out now , ya hear!!! dont hate you, just the sin.

If I callled a horse

a cow, people would laugh at me because it would be silly and of course deep down I would know I was wrong. People are not laughing with you. Stop trying to redefine marriage.

shame

What a shame. This woman on tv (Tami Fitzgerald) blabbing about how proud the churches and Christians are for getting this passed makes NC look like a bunch of ignorant fanatical rednecks.

Now that the churches are writing our constitution they should ALL BE TAXED.

The churches didn't pass

The churches didn't pass this amendment the people did.

"A shame..."? ..."Fanatical rednecks..."?

Das, again your disdain for people that don't accept your unconventional lifestyle compels you to call names and generalize. I suppose that would be a normal reaction for those that fail to accept the fact that this is the final southern state to pass this ammendment, FOLLOWING 30 OTHERS of the same results.

I realize you are emotional now and have had difficulty fitting in with society due to your lifestyle, but you can't blame this on "churches" or "fanatical rednecks". It is simply the great majority of people with morals and with families that still believe in conventional lifestyles and pro-creation (you folk can't do that, remember?). Families still love to have the joys children and grandchildren that don't have to evolve from test-tubes or cryogenic semen banks due to sexual orientation. Sorry, but flagrant displays of homosexuality is still an embarrasment, albeit a fact that some families are forced to deal with. Luckily though...MOST families still do not need to.

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sorry double post.

guest461

Get this, I am HETEROSEXUAL. I am married and have kids and Grandchildren.

I do not have to be gay to know they should have the same rights as you and I enjoy just because we were born straight. It has nothing to do with MORALS (which christians seem to think they have a monopoly on), it has everything to do with fairness. I guarantee you I have better morals than most of the ppl I know that claim to be christians.

I did not call anyone names, try reading comprehension.

Shame? Not so much...

NC is the 29th. state to pass such laws banning gay marriages or civil unions. It doesn't make NC look anymore ignorant than any of the others. Disagreeing with your personal beliefs does not make someone a redneck. Time and time again you have stated that you don't believe in God, that he is just a myth. Okay we get it, we hear you. However now the majority has decided they too would like to be heard. They voted, and they have been heard, THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN GAY MARRIAGE ANYMORE THAN YOU DO IN GOD.

yup Grand..

So no complaining from you if the majority votes Obama in for 4 more years, Ok?

IDIOTS

What a bunch of IDIOTS for passing this stupid ammendment. The courts MUST rule against this ammendment as quickly as possible.

Vote was not even close. 61%

Vote was not even close. 61% to 39%. What makes you think the 39% are the ones who are better people or more enlightened. I personally do not care what two people do behind closed doors. Where does it end though. The people have spoken. You can always move to the Northeast!!!

Sorry Charlie, the people

Sorry Charlie, the people have spoken. I will concur that when people have voted, a bunch of IDIOTS put and IDIOT in the White House. Hopefully the people have recognized the error of their ways and will correct it come November. The courts have NO SAY here.

NO the courts do have the final say

The courts and this state have not seen the last challenge to amendment one.

Our public education system is failing miserably and here in NC we are worried about Adam and Steve getting married? Really, get a clue.

Politics and relgion DO NOT MIX! Nor does postive morality and hatred. The "majority" in this state just voted in favor of discrimination based on the bible.

That is WRONG.

To Charles Walters re: striking down the amendment

The NC court cannot rule against the amendment. The NC constitution was what was amended, giving the court no leeway to find an amendment to the constitution is unconstitutional.

Your only hope would be for the court to somehow find that the measure was put before the voters illegally, which I don't believe it was.

And it's not nice to call people you disagree with idiots.

Yes of course Charles

Anyone who doesn't agree with you must in fact be an idiot. Because your way of thinking is the ONLY way to think. Maybe someday Charles, but not today.

The courts

The courts are not allowed to legislate. As our society decays, judges have started to become activist. The people voted for this amendment to keep (loud & proud)activist judges from pushing our society further down the toilet.

You're the idiot. Like most

You're the idiot. Like most liberals as long as the vote goes your way it's "the will of the people". When it doesn't go your way it's off to court. This one is a constitutional amendment. Good luck in the courts idiot.

The courts cannot rule

The courts cannot rule against the constitution.

NC courts may have no say...

But Federal courts get to decide if NC's constitutional amendment runs counter to the US Constitution.

And by doing so they would

And by doing so they would once again be overstepping their constitutional authority.

Federal courts CAN...

...rule on whether parts of a State Constitution are in line with the U.S. Constitution. When NC ratified the Constitution, they were bound to it. And if a Federal court decides that Amendment One is a violation of the 14th Amendment, then it's unenforceable! Just like NC's amendment in 1875 that banned interracial marriage became invalid after Loving v. Virginia in 1967.