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Gov. Perdue: 'We look like Mississippi'

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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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