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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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141 Comments on "NC approves amendment on gay marriage"


Living in NC
2015 years 8 months ago

Are you really going to try and say that Jesus and gays are alike? It’s obvious the one’s who didn’t want this to pass are not saved and do not believe in God or the Bible.

Guest2020
2015 years 8 months ago

For once the politicians in Raleigh did the right thing by letting this decision be made by the citizens of North Carolina. They tried to lampoon it by having it during the primary election instead of the general election, but that didn’t work. There were news stories and tv ads telling lies about how this would take away healthcare benefits for children, disrupt custody agreements and change how domestic abuse cases would be handled. None of their maneuvering and spinning worked.

Some people get ridiculous and compare this to the civil rights movement that moved to get the black people equality. There is no comparison. Homosexuality is immoral. Being black is not immoral. This comparison is a slap in the face of black people. I have seen black people being called ignorant for supporting this amendment.

Some people cry that it goes against the separation of church and state. Even if separation of church and state existed, it would not apply in this case as it is not the government that decided on this amendment, but the people themselves. Not to mention that it was not just religious people who supported this amendment.

Regardless of my religious beliefs, I have the right to vote my conscience just as much as everyone else has the right to vote their conscience. As for me, I am a Christian and I have been taught to love everyone regardless. I don’t have to condone what they do in order to love them. When my child lies to me, I disapprove of her conduct, but I don’t stop loving her just because she does something wrong. I have had relatives who lived lifestyles that go against the teaching of God’s Word and I love them regardless, but I don’t condone their behavior. I voted for this amendment because in good conscience I could not condone what the Word of God condemns.

get over it
2015 years 8 months ago

well now the churches can get back to molesting children.apparently the bible condones that funny how all these Christians and churches never come out against that just cover it up as far as im concerned you support the church and its rules you are just as guilty for molestation of children

extra extra! bigots win!
2015 years 8 months ago

anyone know the story, where a guy being different was nailed to a cross…….?

Guesthug
2015 years 8 months ago

When the church starts dictating laws, it’s time for them to be considered another political party and be subject to taxation. Ignorance and fear are very dangerous to democracy. This nation seems to be on a path of closed-minded theocracy, similar to Iran or Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Hope you enjoyed your freedom while it lasted, America.

 

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