North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said Friday that a new constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage makes her state â€œlook like Mississippi.â€
The voter-approved amendment, which defines marriage between a man and woman as the only legal union, is bad for North Carolinaâ€™s image, Perdue told WITN.
â€œItâ€™s wrong for North Carolina, clearly and simply,â€ she said. â€œPeople around the country are watching us and theyâ€™re really confused to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights of people including the civil rights marches back in the â€˜50s and â€™60s and â€™70s. Folks are saying, what in the world is going in North Carolina? We look like Mississippi.â€
On Tuesday, 61 percent of voters approved the ban. North Carolina law had already banned same-sex marriage, but the passage of the amendment means civil unions and possibly other types of domestic partnerships will no longer be legally recognized.
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