Gov. Perdue: 'We look like Mississippi'

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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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!

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.

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!!

The higher ups in Washington, dumb*ss.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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????

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.

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

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.

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. ;-)

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.

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.

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"

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

It appears that "Birds of a feather, flock together" !

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.