Withstanding intense pressure from homosexual activist groups as well as the cajoling of an array of former and current government officials, voters in North Carolina overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman — effectively prohibiting homosexual “marriage” in the state. With all precincts having reported in, it appeared that some 61 percent of voters had approved Tuesday's ballot initiative, which read in part: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
“Now, the people have spoken,” said Ron Baity, pastor of Winston-Salem’s Berean Baptist Church and a leader in the effort to get the amendment passed. “They have spoken clearly, they have spoken explicitly, that marriage in North Carolina is between one man and one woman.”
A total of 30 states now have marriage protection amendments written into their constitutions, with North Carolina being the last Southern state to do so. “Supporters of traditional marriage have won 32 of the last 32 votes on the issue of civil unions — an astounding 100 percent record,” noted the Christian Post. “Only six states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage and all but Iowa are located in the more liberal Northeastern states.”
Among the North Carolinians offering public support for the amendment was the Rev. Billy Graham, appearing in a full-page ad that amendment sponsors published in key newspapers. By contrast, President Obama predictably threw his support to homosexual groups, with his North Carolina spokesman, Cameron French, saying a few weeks before the vote that “while the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples.”
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