Raleigh, NC -
North Carolina became the latest state to mandate that marriage is between a man and a woman, when voters approved a state constitutional ban on same sex marriage. It also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships.
The state already had a "no gay marriage" law on the books, but wanted this amendment so that future lawmakers could not rescind the law.
Six states and the District allow gay couples to wed, and gay rights groups have accumulated a string of legal victories. But these gains have resulted in much of the backlash and a rush to make laws preventing gay marriage despite polls showing a majority of Americans now approve of gay marriage.
“The passage of Amendment One is a heartbreaking loss for families in North Carolina, but will not stop us in the march toward full equality,” Joe Solomonese, president of the pro-gay-rights Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement.
Adam Riddel, a conservative republican, who is also gay remarks, "it's interesting how republicans argue for less government, and less big brother intruding into personal lives of Americans, yet feel the need to make a law that is at the center of someone's personal life."