Voters approve North Carolina same-sex marriage ban
Voters in North Carolina yesterday voted overwhelmingly to approve a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
LGBT activists decried the amendment’s passage.
“We are bitterly disappointed over the outcome of last night’s election,” said Stuart Campbell, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina. “As painful as this loss is, it is important to keep in mind that our state and our country continues to slowly march toward full equality. The fight is far from over, and it is even more important for members of the LGBT community and our wonderful and diverse community of friends and allies, to stand together as we move forward to ensure that all individuals and families in North Carolina, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, are given the full dignity and respect that they deserve.”
Critics say Amendment One would strip away rights and protections for all unmarried couples regardless of their sexual orientation. Unmarried couples whose civil unions or domestic partnerships are no longer recognized by the state may lose their rights to “visit one another in the hospital and to make emergency medical and financial decisions if one partner is incapacitated,” according to Protect All NC Families.
Under Amendment One, children of unmarried couples could lose their health insurance and prescription drug coverage if their parents’ civil union or domestic partnerships aren’t legally recognized, according to the anti-Amendment One coalition.
The same-sex marriage ban – SB 514 – was introduced in the North Carolina Senate by Republican Sen. Peter S. Brunsetetter of Winston-Salem. The bill passed the North Carolina House of Representative by a 75 to 42 vote on Sept. 12, 2011. (10 Democrats joined Republicans in pushing through the bill.) It was approved by the North Carolina Senate a day later with a 30 to 16 vote.
Constitutional Amendment (Vote for 1) results:
For 1,303,893 votes or 61.04%
Against 832,283 votes or 38.96%
- WhatTheFolly.com: List of North Carolina lawmakers who voted for the same-sex marriage ban
- North Carolina State Board of Elections: May 8, 2012 election results for Constitutional Amendment (Vote for 1)
- North Carolina State Board of Elections: Official explanation of Constitutional Amendment (PDF)
- North Carolina General Assembly: Text of SB 514 “Defense of Marriage” (PDF)
- North Carolina General Assembly: Senate Bill 514 / S.L. 2011-409 “Defense of Marriage” act
- North Carolina House of Representative: Roll call vote on SB 514 “Defense of Marriage”
- North Carolina Senate: Roll call vote on SB 514 “Defense of Marriage”
- North Carolina Republican Senator Peter S. Brunstetter’s contact information
- Equality North Carolina: The fight is not over. The passage of Amendment One is a temporary setback.
- Protect All NC Families: The harmful truth about Amendment One