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VOTE 2012: Amendment vote drawing many to polls on Election Day

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Constitutional amendment to define marriage in North Carolina has gotten a lot of attention, and today it brought a lot of people out to the polls. Whether for or against, voters have strong opinions about Amendment One and were vocal about their decision today.

"A lot of the Wilmington voters are split on this decision, and everybody wants to do their part," voter Evan Frank said.

Amendment One has been a hot topic for months in North Carolina. Tuesday, both sides made their way to the polls.

"I think they're going to vote for other things while they're here, but I think just getting them out here was strictly due to amendment one," voter Kevin Noble said.

Opinions varied, but most agreed that their minds were made up before they made their way to vote.

"As far as the same-sex marriage goes, like I said, what you do in your house is completely up to you. I have no say in that whatsoever and I don't think the government should either," Noble said.

"My belief, I just really think we need to enforce the institution of marriage between a man and a woman," Frank said.

Regardless of your opinion, people we spoke with at the polls say if you don't cast your vote, you lose your voice all together.

"In my opinion, if you don't come out and vote, you don't have a right to debate about it," Frank said.

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If you are a consenting

If you are a consenting adults, it is nobody's damn business who you want to marry. Not only is it not my concern, it definitely does not hurt us poor straight people in any way. My "good christian values" taught me to love my neighbor, treat others as I would want to be treated, and worry about the log in my own eye. The people who support this amendment are just people who are unhappy and miserable in their own life and rather than face that or fix it, they direct that misery and their own insecurities at others.

And even if you feel quite strongly about stopping gay marriage, here is a news flash for you, you have already won. It is illegal in NC. Stop wasting my time and everyone elses on a completely useless piece of legislation that does nothing more than spew hatred. I would hope our representatives have more important business to deal with than this. And if they don't, come November, I will have to reconsider if their continued service as my representative is needed.

Sadly, the only real accomplishment of this amendment is to put North Carolina in the national spotlight and reinforce the image that North Carolinians are all just backward, hate-filled, bigots.

This amendment wasn't

This amendment wasn't useless. It was necessary to keep the courts from circumventing the laws. North Carolina was not the first state to do this. People with "good Christian values" should not condone what God condemns.

Amendment 1

This is suppose to be a free world. But the state of nc sure isnt. There are more people getting killed by drug, dui and murder. But some are worried about a man and woman being married. But this law is only seen as another law for gays. Do you like for someone to tell you who to love, marry, how many children to have, what time to go to bed, when to attend church, how to punish your children, what time to eat. I cant believe what is going on in my state. You that vote for it sure dont believe in freedom. Wait and see some people will end up hurt if this pass and when they are dead it will be to late to say we shouldnt had passed this law. What is going to be next on you going to tell what race can date who. I only have to stand before one man and be judged and it sure isnt the state of nc. Im so proud of the ones who voted against amendment one and ty.

Free world....

How did you determine this was supposed to be a free World? BTW, the Man already spoke on this one. He judged it to be an abomination...

It will be challenged and may be overturned

It is a blatant slap in the face to the Fourteth Amendment's equal protection claus, and I'd say its chances of being blocked by the federal court is very good.

They were on solid ground in banning gay marriage. When they decided to add that a marriage was the only legal union recognized, they invited federal intervention.