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Breaking down the Amendment vote

Posted May 9, 2012

For opponents of the Marriage Amendment who were surprised by the margin by which it won, this WRAL.com map tells the whole story. 

The Triangle voted against the amendment. It lost 43-57 in Wake County, 30-70 in Durham, 21-79 in Orange County, and 46-54 in Chatham.

Mecklenburg County also voted against the measure, 46-54. And it was narrowly defeated, 49-51, in both Buncombe and Watauga Counties. 

But amendment supporters won the other 93 counties - and with the exception of Guilford, where the vote was 50-50, they generally won big. 

Even the Northeastern counties, traditionally Democratic territory, approved the measure by an average of around 70-30. In the southeastern counties, it won by even bigger margins - 86 to 14 in Robeson County, for example. 

You can check totals by county for the Marriage Amendment and other major state races on our interactive vote tracker, linked at left. 

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  • GravyPig May 11, 11:21 a.m.

    "I am so Proud to see that 97 out of 100 counties in NC have stood their ground on what they believe in marriage." - common sense plz

    I can see why they call you guys ignorant. Do the math again. 100 counties, 7 voted no.... that leaves how many?

  • imsosorry May 10, 11:18 a.m.

    Even animals know right from wrong, you dont see them going around trying to get it on with the same gender. And my money says In God We Trust, if you dont like it, give up all your money and move elsewhere.

  • common_sense_plz May 10, 9:56 a.m.

    The MAJORITY of NC voters have spoken, so it is time to move forward. If you dislike the way the MAJORITY voted, then move elsewhere. The last time I traveled I could freely travel from NC to VA, TN, or SC, there were no gates, barbwire, spike strips to keep anyone from exiting NC.

    I am so Proud to see that 97 out of 100 counties in NC have stood their ground on what they believe in marriage.

  • geoherb1 May 9, 5:18 p.m.

    "No we was set the clock back 2000 years. To the Word of God, He made the rules. But some people to not want to live by them."

    You may believe that you're following God's word, but I find many interesting variations of marriage when I read the Bible. I wonder how you decided which one was really His word.

  • Locke in Raleigh May 9, 4:36 p.m.

    LoveMyLab, you are neither a second class citizen or a second class person.

    All the amendment accomplished was to affirm the current definition of the word marriage.

    As for me, I'm more than a little concerned the the "large cities" voted against the amendment. Claiming to be wise and open minded, we have become foolish and ungodly.

  • OptimisticCynic May 9, 4:17 p.m.

    For all those who voted for the amendment on religious grounds, I understand that you believe homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God. Do you also believe that denouncing God is a sin? Should it be illegal? How about practicing Islam? Or working on Sunday? Should all these things be outlawed?

    You are within your rights to believe what is moral and what is not, as is everyone else. I love the freedom we have in this country to believe and behave as we choose - as long it does not infringe on the rights of others. I just wish this freedom applied to everyone. Someday it will.

  • LoveMyLab May 9, 3:03 p.m.

    I am apparently a second class citizen, not entitled to the same rights, privileges and joys of full citizenship in the state, because of who I am. ~TriangleGayMensChorus
    Not in my opinion, which I can express while we're still a Democracy, although that's going to change.
    It is a historical fact that once any one group attempts to oppress another group by a denial of a right common to all you have the end of democracy.
    But this has never been political, it's always been religion. Organized religion is the worst thing mankind ever created. It's caused more deaths than all the atomic bombs ever set off. Maybe in the future it'll be remembered that the Democratic party is founded in Socialism and we'll abolish organized religion. No church or a preacher needed between me and that deity, we do ok without. The books everyone believes are words of some deity, they were written by men hundreds of years ago & colored by their own prejudices, which are now ours.
    We all lost on this one.

  • walkerji54 May 9, 2:44 p.m.

    To trianglegaymen. No we was set the clock back 2000 years. To the Word of God, He made the rules. But some people to not want to live by them.

  • Gizmo the Great May 9, 2:38 p.m.

    I find it interesting that almost all of the counties that voted against A1 are major cites (Raleigh, Durham,Chapel Hill, Ashville,Charlotte, Boone) also to note these are towns with higher education (UNC,UNC-C,UNC-A APP St ,WCU, Duke,NCSU) That should pretty much tell you bible hypocrites that most people in these counties understand the definition of a Bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance ( Now it reads--see North Carolina Amendment 1).
    redskiner
    May 9, 2012 1:17 p.m.
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    Funny how it didn't pass in Chatham though... VERY rural county indeed... P.S. Name-calling is a bit unnecessary, don't you think?

  • redskiner May 9, 1:17 p.m.

    I find it interesting that almost all of the counties that voted against A1 are major cites (Raleigh, Durham,Chapel Hill, Ashville,Charlotte, Boone) also to note these are towns with higher education (UNC,UNC-C,UNC-A APP St ,WCU, Duke,NCSU) That should pretty much tell you bible hypocrites that most people in these counties understand the definition of a Bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance ( Now it reads--see North Carolina Amendment 1).

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