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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-12 03:57 AM
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North Carolina passes Amendment One, gay marriage ban
North Carolina Voters Pass Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Published: May 8, 2012

As expected, North Carolinians voted in large numbers on Tuesday for an amendment that would ban same-sex marriages, partnerships and civil unions, becoming the 30th state in the country and the last in the South to include a prohibition on gay marriage in the state constitution.

About half a million people voted early, a record for a primary in the state, and turnout on Tuesday was unusually high as well. The amendment, which passed by a margin of more than 20 percentage points, was on the ballot along with other party primary races, some of which were closely contested.

The vote came after weeks of heated debate in church pews and over the airwaves. More than $3 million was spent on the rival campaigns. Ministers formed coalitions pushing for and against the measure, and cities passed resolutions condemning it. Former President Bill Clinton and the Rev. Billy Graham weighed in on opposite sides, and law professors skirmished over the consequences.

North Carolina, a religious but also relatively moderate state on social issues, already has a law banning same-sex marriage. But Republican lawmakers pushed an amendment out of concern that the law was in danger of being struck down by judges.

Classic Clinton.

The guy who came up with DADT and got Congress to pass it instead of issued an Executive Order, as Reagan did, the guy who could have vetoed DOMA, but did not, now trying to have it both ways. (Don't take it personally, members of the GLBT community: He still won't take responsiblity for urging repeal of Glass Steagall, either.)

Shameful, but at least he finally took the right stand on this one, now that he does not have to worry about his re-election or his bank account.

And then, there's Carney, a few days before a vote in a state Obama carried in 2008, saying that President Obama has not changed is mind about gay marriage. let's see, what was the last thing Obama said about gay marriage?

"I believe in certain legal rights, Rev. Warren. When it comes to marriage, though, God is in the mix." No, that wasn't it.

"My position on gay marriage is evolving?" Yeah, that was it. Bill Clinton said it first, but Obama said it, too.


Well, now Democrats get to hold their national convention in a pro-gun, anti-equal rights, right to work state. Way to go!
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