North Carolina voters “overwhelmingly approved” amendment one to the state’s constitution, defining marriage as between one man and one woman, thus banning gay marriage in the state. MSNBC called the results of the vote a “landslide,” with 60% of the population giving the thumbs up to the ban. They say, “One noteworthy pattern was that some majority black counties which had strongly backed President Obama in 2008 just as strongly supported the proposed amendment on Tuesday.”
What’s really important to note about amendment one is its wording:
“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” So not only is gay marriage banned, but civil unions between same sex couples are as well. According to MSNBC, “North Carolina joins 28 other states that have state constitutional provisions (to) limit marriage to man-woman unions.” Furthermore, 38 states have prohibitions of same-sex marriage in their laws, though not all of them so clearly define marriage as between one man and one woman.