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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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2016 years 23 hours ago

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… Read more »

2016 years 23 hours ago

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… Read more »

Who cares ?
2016 years 23 hours ago

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
2016 years 23 hours ago

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

Wilmington Observer

2016 years 23 hours ago

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

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