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GREENVILLE, NC (WTVD) — North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue had strong words Friday when asked about Tuesday’s vote on Amendment One.

“We look like Mississippi,” the governor told reporters during a visit to Greenville this morning.

Unofficial returns show the amendment – which defines marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman – passed with about 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent against.

North Carolina is the 30th state to adopt such a ban on gay marriage.

State law already prohibited same-sex marriages. Supporters said they wanted to write it into the constitution to further protect traditional marriage.

Perdue, who previously said she was against the amendment, told reporters that the vote is wrong for the state.

“People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused to have been such a progressive forward thinking economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights people including the civil rights marches back in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s,” Perdue said. “People are saying, ‘What in the world is going on with North Carolina?’ We look like Mississippi.”

North Carolina’s vote has reignited the national debate over same-sex unions. The day after the vote, President Barack Obama called it disappointing and said he was in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry. Mitt Romney said he does not.

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  • Guest CommonTater

    political career… No wait!

  • From NC

    GO AWAY BEV PERDUE!!!! She needs to quit lying, because all she does is lie to her own people! She lied to NC to get elected, she lied to teachers and law enforcement to get elected. She hasnt done anything positive for NC. I will be glad when the new election year takes place, so we wont have to deal with her anymore. I would like for the people of Mississippi to know that she doesnt speak for everyone in NC.

  • Guester

    And I voted, I guess you think Beverly Perdue is smart. LOL!

  • ElroyFace

    “N.C. has had just about enough of your “progressive forward thinking””
    N.C. had had just about enough of your “regressive backward non-thinking”.

  • talkthattalk

    Gov. Perdue is right that’s nc for you 2 steps forward and 50 steps backward!!

  • GuestGes

    I agree with people reading the bible! And just how does Mississippi have anything to do with this voting in NC! It was the people of NC who still want and believe and trust that the best thing for our state, our families, and our country is for marriage to stand for what it always has been. Oops, I forgot religion can’t be brought into anything anymore, but read your bible and we people on this earth are ot here to judge, but the Lord almighty will be the one that all have to face and if we start passing laws to help people sin then we are not helping the issue!

  • whatisfreedom

    Since when does freedom of religion require the “freedom” to cram your religion down someone else’s throat?! OK, so you’re against same-sex marriages, and apparently ALL same-sex unions… but does their existence in any way curtail your rights? You just used the Constitution to curtail theirs.

    One of the overriding principles of the Constitution is that one person’s rights end where the next person’s rights begin. NC has officially forgotten about that.

    Congratulations, NC is now among 20 states leading the race to the bottom. The others that constitutionally ban any legal standing for a same-sex union or partnership are:

    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    North Dakota

    The other states that have amendments defining marriage do not take a constitutional stance on same-sex unions.

  • Who cares ?

    Just do everybody a favor and vote against all marriages- straight and gay. We can get rid of divorce court, and stop going to boring weddings!

    Let’s definitely vote to ban Kardashian weddings.

  • Wilmington Observer

    Ms. Perdue does not speak for the, moral, majority.

    Wilmington Observer

  • burgerboy

    Well if she don’t like it, she can go run for govenor up in new jersey or something. she’s a typical idiotic libber wing-nut, insulting the electorate and expecting them to vote for her. the state will be a lot better off when this sow is gone.

  • Leland Gal

    So glad that the election is over. A marriage between a man and a woman is the right way! U just can’t bellieve that a man and a man or a woman and a woman is the right way. Please read your Bible and attend Church and ask questions to the Preacher or your church leader. Remember what is right and how U were raised. Doesn’t matter if your are a Yankee, Westerner or a Southerner. Man and woman go together

  • Guest43

    Go away Bev! She is a Bad Dream.

  • Guest22

    Bev’s sad because she wanted to tax each gay marriage.

  • NC Watcher

    Wow. Some of you are kind of angry and ignorant.

  • Someone watching NC

    Wow. You people are kind of ignorant and angry.

  • Robert e lee

    I like mississippi..

  • Guest555

    Hey Gov. why didn’t you say California? Even the people of California (one of the most liberal states) voted that marriage is between a man and a woman, then a liberal Judge overruled the people. Your statement is derogatory and hateful toward Southerners. Seems you are ashamed of your own state, so leave!

  • Guest463

    Well we know how Bev feels about the South! She should go move to NY or San Fransico when she gets out of office, and take the rest of the non southern liberals in our big cities who moved down to NC. I’m just fine with conservative Northerners and Westerners, more of them are welcome! Just look at a map and you can see all the progressive votes come from the Triad and other big cities where Northerners have moved to. Even Wilmington was close to a 50-50, but the outlying counties in SE NC where there are more native Carolinians where like 80-20, and those counties like Columbus and Robeson who also voted around 80% are overwhelmingly Democratic.

  • Guester

    …are the “progressive forward thinking” liberals that don’t give a damn what the majority of the people want, unless of course the majority voting for what “they” want are “progressive forward thinking” liberals.

    N.C. has had just about enough of your “progressive forward thinking” Bev. We can look forward too and see the real cliff we’re about to go over. Democrates have controlled N.C. for over 100 years and so you can’t blame anyone else. Unless of course you are Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama.

  • Guester

    …are the “progressive forward thinking” liberals that don’t give a damn what the majority of the people want, unless of course the majority voting for what “they” want are “progressive forward thinking” liberals.

    N.C. has had just about enough of your “progressive forward thinking” Bev. We can look forward too and see the real cliff we’re about to go over. Democrates have controlled N.C. for over 100 years and so you can’t blame anyone else. Unless of course you are Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama.

  • Guest2020

    The voice in North Carolina that matters the most did the speaking at the polls on Tuesday.

  • Normal Person

    Marriage is between a Man and a Woman. If you get into looser interpretations then marriage could end up being:
    Man and a tree
    Man and a Dog
    Man and a rock
    Man and a bird
    Man and a car

    On and on. Its unnatural, ungodly and just plain nasty. Quit trying to make it so acceptable because “Normal” people do not agree.

    I am glad 3/4th of the state are normal.

  • Challengetheworld

    Marriage is between two CONSENTING adults. Inanimate objects cannot consent.

    3/4 of voters on Tuesday did vote against this but that doesn’t mean you are normal. The only thing nasty is your hatred for those that are different. You will be judged one day.

  • GuestMan

    You are who is confused. Laws against bestiality are already on the books. Why does it have to be a man and a tree, it seems that a tree would work much better for a woman, or a rock either one. If you are part of the “normal” I’m glad I’m part of the other 40%. BTW, 60% does not equal 3/4, unless you are a red neck republican that can’t add or subtract.

  • NoH8

    Maybe we should stop allowing all these people that are making all these gay babies to get married and procreate.

    I bet you’re pro-life too. Unless of course, the baby was gay.

  • sunny

    No, you aren’t confused…you are an idiot! You are the unGodly and plain nasty one here. If this had been on the ballot in the upcoming
    November election the outcome might have been different. You have a larger percentage of people voting for a Presidential election. It’s a shame but we all know the turnout for everything in between is very poor. So you may be right 3/4 of the state may be normal and have no problem with same sex couples getting married but now we will never know.

  • marriage is overrated

    Ok I understand why people who were raised a certain way or are religious would be against gay marriage, I get that…what I don’t get is how they can’t empathize AT ALL for a gay couple who regardless of whether they are married or not will do all the same things as married couples: live together, raise children together, pay taxes, be unhappy and eventually grow old and die. Why shouldn’t they at least get the same benefits as a man and a woman when it comes to health insurance, tax breaks, etc… Really, I think that’s where the dividing line becomes blurred. Is this really a moral issue or a discrimination issue? Some could say both, and really if there were no such thing as “God” and the bible I’d say the latter. What makes me chuckle about the whole thing is you can say that it’s the sanctity of marriage that’s at stake here, and that man and man and woman and woman is just so against the sanctity of marriage…Well guess what? Half of those sacred marriages and promises made under God end in divorce! So really, who believes that marriage really means anything other than getting cheaper health insurance and tax breaks? If they made getting married HALF as difficult and excruciating as getting a divorce maybe I would hold it to a higher standard of respect. As for now, with how easy it is to get married for some yet illegal for others, I’ll have to politely chuckle at all of you “winners” out there that are “normal”

  • Whodat

    “North Carolina looks like Mississippi”???? WRONG
    North Carolina looks like the other 29 states that have voted for same sex marriage.

  • Challengetheworld

    YOU ARE WRONG. North Carolina is now among 30 right wing nut job states with the entire world judging it based on the fact it wants to bring the bible to the lawmakers.

    Read your US constituition. It was designed to keep religion out of the federal and state governments because its flawed.

    If you are a true constitutional conservative then restricting someone from marrying on basis of religious belief then you are a hypocrite. Again, One nation under God, not one nation under the bible. The bible was made by man and man is not God.

  • Nancy Sanders

    It appears that “Birds of a feather, flock together” !

  • Guest1111

    Things like this is why it is a great time for Perdue to leave office. She is out of touch with what almost 2/3rds of this state wants.

  • SNL

    ahead of Arkansas! Watch out Mississippi…we’re gaining on you. :)

  • GuestReality

    Why didn’t she mention the other 28 states before NC who also passed an amendment? Do they ALL “look like Mississippi”? This is coming from a woman who has flip-flopped on the issue of gay marriage and caved into pressure from higher-ups. This has nothing to do with civil rights, and everything to do with morality. She just lost my vote.

  • Mike T

    Will be heart broken that she must miss your vote? WHAT VOTE? & WHAT HIGHER UPS are you talking about? Your space ship is waiting on you!!

  • Old Guy

    Dear Why,
    Get a clue Ms. Perdue is not running for anything! She is part of the Easley gang. You know our past leader that is now a convicted felon? The lot of them are about as skanky as the other. Please get some smarts about you.
    Vote McCory!

  • Lois

    Gov. Perdue’S COMMENT WAS UNPROFESSIONAL and she owes an apology to the people and state of Mississippi. And it does have everything to do with morality. The ‘political correctness’ in the nation has gone so far left until it’s no wonder right and wrong has been distorted to FIT popularity at any cost.

  • jj

    Well, she looks like the Joker, but that is a different issue. You would think she would stand behind on what the voters of the state voted for. If she can’t then she needs to leave office and lets put someone in that understands the voters voice.

    I never voted for her and I am stuck with the peoples vote. That is the problem with this country. It is all about the minority wants and not the majority.

    Perdue, please take note…. NC is not the only state that has said no to this..

  • What?

    So you can marry your cousin, just not your gay cousin!

  • Gustafo

    how original

  • GuestReality

    Why pick on just Mississippi? If you’re going to condemn Mississippi, you may as well condemn all the other states who also allow you to marry your cousin:

    District of Columbia
    New Jersey
    New Mexico
    New York
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina

    Oh yes, and these states also allow it under certain conditions being met:

    North Carolina

    If you’re gonna tell the truth, tell the whole truth.

  • Guest1049

    No, you can marry your gay cousin, you just can’t GAY marry them.

  • Guestgtiopkuy

    Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and in certain circumstances: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Utah, Wisconsin

  • GuestReality

    Actually, I just found out that marrying your cousin is illegal in Mississippi as well as the following states:

    New Hampshire
    North Dakota
    South Dakota
    West Virginia

    Your post isn’t even half right.

  • GuestReality

    The 1st Amendment, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” is to prohibit the Federal government from establishing a NATIONAL church (“religion”) or involving itself in religion to the benefit of one religion over another.

    The 1st Amendment is all about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression.

  • Keithjudd4prez

    The constitution? You want to go there? Ammendment 1 of the US Constitution says Congress shall not prohibit the free excercise of religion. Marriage is a religious institution. Perhaps if the government hadn’t trampled on the seperation of church and state (which is intended to keep the government out of churches, not the other way around) you wouldn’t have been crushed by the awesome power of democracy on Tuesday. FAIL


    Got issues don’t ya boy? Always like when you lefty’s use that church and state crap. Doesn’t have a thing to do with it. But you keep workin’ that thing if it makes you feel like you know what the heck you’re talking about. ;-)

  • NO…YOU ARE WRONG challengetheworld. The US Constitution was designed TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OUT OF RELIGION!!! not the other way around. Geeezz!!!!Would you people please research an issue before posting????

  • Challengetheworld

    No, I’m accurate 100%. Separation of Church and State. The two shouldn’t mix, period. Find the caps lock please, its above shift.

  • Challengetheworld

    I’m not the left, I just think the church is flawed just as much as the US government. So when they mix, we have an even bigger mess.

    I do know what I am talking about when it comes to the english language. You on the other hand sound like you were probably a local product of this fine NC public education system.

  • Guest72

    Finally…someone has actually read the First Amendment. I’m so tired of hearing about “seperation of church and state”, when that phrase doesn’t appear anywhere in the Constitution. As you pointed out, it keeps the government out of religion.

  • Guest2012

    Your a complete idiot…the constitution does not separate church and state moron.
    It prohibits the government from imposing a national religion….for example… making only Catholics or only Baptists. It was not intended to separate….obviously your a product of this fine public school system that Perdue is so proud of.

  • Guest246

    I love him and he loves me. I can support him. He doesn’t complain

  • GuestTc

    Gay marriage is also already on the books as illegal, said the redneck republican. We only voted to make it constitutional. Get your facts straight. You cant marry an animal anymore than you can marry your own sex. That was already a law. We didn’t vote a new law. We voted overwhelmingly to support the law of our state.

  • GuestReality

    The higher ups in Washington, dumb*ss.

  • GuestRealityTwo

    You’re going to believe a politician when she says she’s not running again? Did you believe Jason Thompson when he said he wouldn’t? No doubt you probably did.

    I won’t believe it until her name is not on the ballot at the Board of Elections. Sounds like you’re the one who needs to wise up and get some smarts, Old Guy.


    That’s right…rationalize that thing out for your delusional agenda. First..name call. Then throw your made up god at ’em. Then rewrite the result of a vote or poll to make you point as to suit you. Then conclude and proclaim you’re right no matter what!! GOOD JOB!


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