North Carolina House approves same-sex marriage ballot issue

RALEIGH, North Carolina Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:10pm EDT

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RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - The North Carolina House of Representatives voted 75-42 on Monday to put a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage before voters next May.

North Carolina already has a statute barring same-sex marriage, but it is the only state in the South that has yet to make the ban part of its constitution.

The Republican-led effort is expected to win the necessary three-fifths approval in the Senate to put the issue on the ballot.

(Reporting by Ned Barnett; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (6)
Al_in_SoCal wrote:
They could put segregation on the ballot and it would pass as well. Not much changes in the South. Hate is still a priority for most “Christians”.

Sep 12, 2011 7:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Moby wrote:
I am thoroughly DISGUSTED with our legislature!

One would think, with all the issues and challenges that our State faces, that our (frankly, lousy) politicians would have something better to do. This is pure cr_p and a shameful discriminatory, unwarranted, bigoted affront to diversity and equal rights. And just for the record, I am a Republican.

Sep 12, 2011 7:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Pbbbllfgh wrote:
How can it be right to remove someone’s right to marriage by constitutional amendment? Even if the majority votes to approve such an amendment, it doesn’t make it right or even legal.

How people in the 60′s would have voted to make interracial marriage illegal? The majority, I’m sure.

If 99 percent of America votes to take away my human rights, then they’re wrong, and I’m still right.

Sep 12, 2011 7:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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