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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina voters will get to vote next May on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the state.

The Senate voted 30-16 Tuesday in favor of putting the question on the statewide primary ballot. The number of yes votes was just enough to approve the constitutional amendment. The House approved the measure Monday.

While 30 states already have similar prohibitions in their constitutions, North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast without one.

State law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but amendment supporters argue traditional marriage would be better protected against potential legal challenges by same-sex couples in six other states.

Opponents say the question will diminish the state’s business climate by perception that gays and lesbians aren’t welcome.

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“Our vote today will place this issue on the May ballot and allow the people of our state — not some activist judge — to defend marriage. I completely trust my fellow North Carolinians to make the right decision.”


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  • Charles Walters

    Next they will try to say I have to have permission from a preacher to have sex with my wife. Get politics out of everyones sex life,and marrage, because it is none of your DAMN business. Take your morial minority Jerry Fartwell crap and preach it to some one who cares. The old morality laws were written by a bunch of jackasses who thought sex was dirty and only for reproduction. I’ll bet if the truth was really known many preachers and so called Christians are closet sex freaks and or Gay.

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