Amendment 1 Passes In NC
Also on the line and in the National Spotlight was the vote on Amendment 1. North Carolina voters voted in favor of the amandment with 61% and over 1.3 million votes in favor of the marriage amendment. Locally, Watauga County was the only 1 of 2 Countys to vote against the amendment with 51% voting against the amendment. A day after North Carolina became the latest state to approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, opponents of the referendum are beginning Wednesday to explore their next options. North Carolina voted Tuesday to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges. The North Carolina amendment alters the constitution to say that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized" in the state. Experts expressed concerns that the language of the amendment is so vague, it could strip other unmarried couples of some rights as well. Some municipalities in North Carolina provide benefits to same-sex couples, and those rights could be lost with passage of the amendment. Opponents of the amendment regroup Wednesday to decide the next course of action, with some planning campaigns in cities across the state this week. The groups acknowledged the loss but urged supporters to keep fighting. The state House and Senate voted in 2011 to put the amendment before state voters. Both chambers are Republican-controlled for the first time in 140 years. President Barack Obama said he was "disappointed" by the vote, describing it as discriminatory against gays and lesbians. Americans overall are closely split on the issue, according to a recent Gallup survey. About 50% of Americans believe same-sex couples should be allowed to wed -- up considerably from polls in past years. An additional 48% say such marriages should not be legal. Before Tuesday, 30 states had voted in favor of constitutional amendments that seek to defend traditional definitions of marriage as a heterosexual union.