Perdue on marriage amendment, viral remark

Posted October 5, 2011
Updated October 10, 2011

Gov. Bev Perdue is planning to break her silence on the same-sex marriage amendment later this week. 

Perdue has said she doesn't approve of GOP lawmakers' focus on a social issue rather than job creation.  But so far, she hasn't been willing to say how she intends to vote on the amendment.

The governor was a supporter of the 1996 state law banning same-sex marriage. And lawmakers have said her office was involved in a change to the amendment that moved it from the November 2012 ballot to the May primary ballot. The change will insulate Democratic candidates from a potentially high turnout of social conservatives in the general election. But it also makes the amendment more likely to pass. 

Speaking to reporters today after an event in Raleigh, Perdue said an announcement is forthcoming. 

"I'm working with the constituency groups as you would expect me to do," she said. "I'm making a lot of phone calls. My team is talking."

"I've known all along where I stand," she said. "I've just tried to go back and talk to people about my position. And you all will hear it very quickly."

Asked if GOP Congresswoman Renee Ellmers' stated opposition to the ban will make her decision easier, Perdue looked incredulous.

"Why would that make it easier?" she replied. " When I make a decision, when I stand or fall for something, I do it because of who I am and what I believe." 

Perdue also talked about the fallout from her remark last week about suspending elections. The governor has said all along she was not seriously proposing the idea, but the comment quickly went viral on right-wing media and websites, where some conspiracy theorists accused her of floating a "trial balloon" for a "treasonous overthrow" of constitutional government purportedly sought by President Obama. 

"I'm not a political commentator. I don't write articles or do a lot of media. I've been told by you all that I'm not very good at it. I appreciate that - it gives me some cover," she said.

"The fact is, I'm spending my time on workforce issues, on education, on jobs. And things like that are just insignificant in the discussion about economic development of North Carolina's future."   Perdue on vetoes Perdue comments on viral remark, cartoon

Asked about a cartoon reportedly circulating that depicts her with a noose around her neck, the governor was dismissive. 

"I don't have any comment on that," she said. "It's a waste of time." 


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  • COPs eye Oct 10, 2011

    This should be decided by the citzens of this state...obviously the elected officials on both sides are clueless to satisfying the masses.

  • jeffgreer4him Oct 9, 2011

    Why not let the people decide? Is it not our state?

  • driverkid3 Oct 7, 2011

    ghimmy51, sure she's a champ. She's a champ at putting her foot on her mouth, and not getting anything of significance done. She's also a champ at making sure that all her ILLEGAL ALIEN friends will be able to vote for her or other democrats. And come 2012, she will be a champ at getting dumped out of that big old house she is living in. And if you get the idea that I have absolutely NO respect for her, well, that makes YOU a champ also.

  • tarheelgrad1998 Oct 6, 2011

    Yep, a waste of time. Just like her time in office.

  • ghimmy51 Oct 6, 2011

    I have never seen any single person stand so firmly for all of the people regardless of personal or political cost. The lady is a champ.

  • SARCASTICLES Oct 6, 2011

    Is anybody REALLY lame enough to believe that she was serious? 5...4...3...2..1....;)

  • hp277 Oct 6, 2011

    Take a stand, Bev.

    We don't need this kind of garbage in our constitution.