North Carolina has approved a pro-family constitutional amendment that bans homosexual "marriage". It also defined marriage as between one man and one woman. In addition, the amendment also banned civil unions.
According to the National Journal:
The Associated Press declared Amendment 1 passed. With 39 percent of precincts reporting, the measure has 58 percent support.
The vote came as President Obama has been facing criticism from his base for not coming out in favor of gay marriage, even as several of his Cabinet officials have expressed support. The most recent Gallup poll shows a plurality of voters support gay marriage – with the number backing it growing over the last several years. But the results in North Carolina, a major presidential battleground, could temper some of that momentum.
While an existing statute outlawed gay marriage, North Carolina was the only Southern state without a constitutional ban.
North Carolina's vote comes just two days after Vice President Joe Biden panicked the Obama administration by making the claim that he was comfortable with homosexual "marriage", indicating that the administration was pro-homosexual "marriage". Biden said,
"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction-- beyond that."
North Carolina's vote to ban homosexual "marriage" will be a serious issue for Barack Obama come November. His reluctance to come out completely against it, while straddling the fence, so to speak, by his claim that he believed marriage should be between one man and one woman gives us more indication that he is actually pro-homosexual "marriage" than against it. Obama describes his stance on the issue as "evolving."
Barack Obama knows this is a political time bomb and thus he will not come out one way or the other, especially in an election year on the issue. Watch as White House spokesperson Jay Carney squirms his way through trying to convey the President's non-decision on the issue:
North Carolina becomes the 29th state to vote in approval of the ban.