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North Carolina Adds Same-Sex Marriage Ban to Its Constitution

| On 09, May 2012

A church in Wilmington, NC lets its feelings be known about same-sex marriage. (Photo by Ken Blevins/Wilmington Star News, via Associated Press)

North Carolina added a distinction to its list of “achievements” last night. The state’s voters made it the 31st in the U.S. to ban marriages between same-sex couples.

The ban passed by a 61-39 percent margin and support for the measure crossed party and racial lines. The bigger cities in the state — Charlotte, Greensboro, etc. — tended to vote ‘no’ on the amendment, but even their votes were all over the place when looking at the individual metro areas.

I’m really not surprised that North Carolina said no to same-sex marriage. I mean, it’s North Carolina. It’s the South. Every other southern state has a ban against it. Older voters have opposed it at a much higher rate than young people. Religious groups and even African-American voters turned out in strong numbers against the ban.

Here’s my issue. How can people talk about the “sanctity of marriage” when there are so many examples of marriage gone wrong? The state’s former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards stepped out on his cancer-stricken wife with a mistress and fathered a child with her. Men and women everyday in North Carolina cheat on their spouses — with other women AND men.

If marriage is that important, then where are the constitutional amendments against cheating and divorce?

Like with many aspects of society, there has to be a scapegoat. Why not make same-sex couples the target in a society that carries a 50 percent divorce rate? Makes perfect sense…… *sigh*

When I logged into Twitter last night, North Carolina was the butt (pun fully intended) of every joke imaginable. Young(er) people were confused, but not surprised, at how the Tarheel State spoke out so strongly against same-sex unions.

Here is one of my favorite tweets about the ban:

North Carolina has showed its true colors. The funny thing is that as time goes on, I believe same-sex unions will be less of an issue, similar to the interracial marriage ban the state enacted in 1875.

Until then, the Tarheel State has set itself back at least a few decades.

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