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Perdue to vote against constitutional amendment on marriage

Posted October 7, 2011
Updated October 8, 2011

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— Gov. Bev Perdue said Friday that she plans to vote against a constitutional amendment that would define the union of one man and one woman as the only one legally recognized by the state of North Carolina when it goes on the ballot in May.

In a statement, the governor said that although she believes marriage is between one man and one woman, her focus is on creating jobs for the state's unemployed.

"Too many people are out of work, and I’ve heard from several business leaders who’ve told me that the proposed constitutional amendment will harm our state’s business climate and make it harder to grow jobs here," she said.

"I’m going to vote against the amendment, because I cannot in good conscience look an unemployed man or woman in the eye and tell them that this amendment is more important than finding them a job," she added.

Citing legal experts, Perdue, who voted as a state senator for a 1996 bill banning same-sex marriage, also said that the amendment, if passed, could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples in the state, regardless of sexual orientation.

Perdue Perdue to vote against amendment on same-sex marriage

Last month the General Assembly voted to take the issue to the voters.

State law already bans same-sex marriage, and opponents of the constitutional amendment contend that it is unnecessary. Amendment supporters argue that putting it in the constitution would help the state against challenges from same-sex couples married in the six states that allow the unions.

Perdue's announcement comes a week after a statewide Elon University poll found that a majority of North Carolina residents say they oppose the constitutional amendment.

The survey also found that 29 percent of respondents support civil unions or partnerships for gay couples but not full marriage rights. About 33 percent of people support full marriage rights, while 34 percent oppose all legal recognition for same-sex partners.

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  • walkerji54 Oct 12, 2011

    She voted against this years ago. Does NC people see what she is is doing. Does she think NC people is this stupid. She is trying to buy the votes of people against this amendment. She speaks this garbage, but we dont know what lever she is going to pull when she is behind the closed curtain at the voting booth. Wake up NC.

  • dmpaltman2 Oct 10, 2011

    Bev Perdon't is smart as a bag of rocks.

  • tgentry1005 Oct 10, 2011

    What does Bev's vote on the gay issue have to do with jobs in NC? Another example of her just running her mouth in a political way. She does not care about the taxpayers in NC, just her political party........ She even made her statement in a political way - late on a Friday afternoon so it would not get as much media attention. Oh! I forget the majority of the media gives her a pass anyway!!!

  • LBJ192 Oct 10, 2011

    I wish she was voting this way just simply because it is the right thing to do.

  • tinaburden63 Oct 10, 2011

    Seems to me if she believes marriage is between one man and one woman but votes for gay marriage, she's a hypocrite! Just another politician that talks out of both sides of the mouth!

  • Nope Oct 10, 2011

    And so will I.

  • UNCfuturealumi Oct 7, 2011

    Ever notice how she breaks her news on Fridays so she can leave town and not have to face the local people of NC...watch this pattern

  • djhartm Oct 7, 2011

    Purdue, you are out of touch with constituents, which is typical of the progressive-liberal mindset.

    Enjoy your remaining term in office & best of luck on a future career path.

  • quaten Oct 7, 2011

    I highly doubt there are any empirical facts that would support that a judgment, either way, on gay marrige would have any impact on jobs in NC.

    How could there be such facts?

  • read_a_little Oct 7, 2011

    The First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The definition of "marriage" in this ammendment is clearly a violation of the first amendment.

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