CNN projects that voters from North Carolina have adopted a law that bans same-sex marriage during the Tuesday referendum. Figures provided by the State Board of Elections show that more than 1.5 million people supported the ban defeating their opponents by a margin of 61% to 39%.
Same-sex partners will no longer be able to make their relationship official, at least in the state of North Carolina. The ban was introduced into the state’s charter after numerous residents voted against gay marriages at this Tuesday’s referendum. As sad as the ban may be for the members of the groups, the supporters of the law prepare to celebrate their victory by serving wedding cake in a Raleigh ballroom.
Tami Fitzgerald, the head of Vote for Marriage NC, was very pleased with the results they obtained after the referendum. She told the press that the people of North Carolina have managed to prevent opponents from redefining the values of the traditional marriage. She insisted on explaining that her group should not be perceived as anti-gay, but pro-marriage. According to her, “the nature of God’s design for marriage” should not be modified according to the wishes of a group of adults.
One of the representatives of the groups supporting same-sex marriages told CNN reporters that they did not expect so many people to vote for the ban. Despite this, they were not surprised to see that same-sex marriages are down in the North Carolina polls considering that people are very reluctant towards gay relationships in this region.
The victory of the Amendment 1 was partially ensured by evangelist Billy Graham’s campaign in the last week. He paid 14 North Carolina newspapers to publish full page ads saying “the Bible is clear – God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman”.
The amendment represents an addendum to the constitution of North Carolina. The new law says that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state”. Some political leaders, including former president Bill Clinton, have expressed their concern in relation to the meaning that the new amendment could have on the society. Clinton stated that the real effect of the law will be to hurt families and drive aways jobs, instead of protecting the traditional marriage.