NC marriage amendment bans gay marriage, civil unions and partnerships just one day before President Obama comes out in support of gay marriage; do you agree with a constitutional ban on gay marriage?
North Carolina Amendment 1, which bans gay marriage in that state, was passed by voters Tuesday, making North Carolina the 30th state in the country to prohibit gay marriage in the state constitution. On Wednesday, President Obama came out in support of gay marriage, despite his previous stance of being opposed to it, and said he is ”disappointed” by the vote in North Carolina.
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, Obama described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and his wife and daughters.
North Carolina’s Amendment 1, which makes marriage between a man and a woman the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized,” won resoundingly, 61 percent to 39 percent. Amendment 1 not only bans same-sex marriages, but partnerships and civil unions, as well.
In response, beginning today, gay couples in North Carolina will request marriage licenses in a protest for full federal equality as part of a new “WE DO” campaign. Participants of the “WE DO Campaign” want gay-rights opponents “to know that there are people all across our state – and all across our country – who are ready to stand up for their full equality. We want them to know that this story is far from over.”
Celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres are taking to social media to voice their support for gay marriage.
“Getting married was one of the greatest things I have ever done. I hope everyone in North Carolina gets the same opportunity someday,” DeGeneres wrote on Twitter.
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