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Perdue tries to clear air with Mississippi governor

Posted May 14, 2012

— Gov. Beverly Perdue has spoken to Mississippi's governor after she criticized the approval of Amendment One by saying it made North Carolina "look like Mississippi." But her spokesman said Perdue didn't apologize for her remarks.

In an interview with WITN in Greenville, Perdue expressed disappointment that the amendment, which made marriage between one man and one woman the only legal union recognized by the state, passed with 61 percent of the vote Tuesday.

"People are saying, 'What in the world is going on with North Carolina?' We look like Mississippi," she told WITN on Friday.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant called the remark "derogatory."

"Marriage should be between one man and one woman. If we are going to be criticized for that, let her begin," Bryant said.

The two leaders spoke by phone Monday to clear the air.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Mississippi governor gets no apology from Perdue

"I thought we had a really good conversation about public policy between North Carolina and Mississippi," Perdue said. 

Still, she said, her comments were only meant to express confusion about how a state that had stood up to improve race relations decades ago could approve the amendment.

"(It's a fact) that Mississippi, for years, tended to be more conservative and North Carolina tended to be more progressive," she said. "I did tell (Bryant) that, after everybody spent their money in North Carolina, we would encourage them to go on to Mississippi, because it is a great state with great people."

Bryant said his conversation with Perdue was "disappointing" and that her characterization of Mississippi is inaccurate.

"(We have) more African American elected officials than any state in the nation, two statewide elected officials that are Republican females. I think we are doing an excellent job," he said. 

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  • KRiderV3 May 17, 2012

    Because clearly Mississippi should be proud to have 46 percent of its Republicans believing that interracial marriage should be illegal, with 14 percent not sure about it.
    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/04/08/46-percent-of-mississippi-republicans-want-interracial-marriage/

  • Chatham Rebel May 17, 2012

    Okay, bottom line. THE VOTERS have spoken. Period. Like or not this is the MAJORITY (61%) of the thoughts of the PEOPLE of this state. WE the people voted IN the amendment. Get over it. Bev, go home and I hope we never hear from you or your embarrassing comments again. Good riddance!

  • pw May 16, 2012

    You mean the least educated, least economically productive, most unemployed, most obese, and poorest parts of the state overwhelmingly affirmed Amendment 1. Meanwhile the most educated, most economically productive, most employed, healthiest parts of the state voted against the Amendment and would prefer not to be associated with the regressive movement.

    Now who is calling who a bigot? Your statement and sterotypes are among the most uneducated biased and bigoted of all the posts. Your like a child stomping your feet and name calling because you did not get your way.

  • squirt80 May 16, 2012

    she doesn't know what the words I'm sorry means... It's above her rasings to say I'm sorry. shes to busy trying to make herself look good.. to bad so sad, glad she is leaving.

  • djofraleigh May 16, 2012

    I'm a registered democrat but I don't care for that segment of our party that sneers and jeers with smug superiority at those whose views differ. They are the RUSH LIMBAUGHS equals of the democratic party, or worse.

  • djofraleigh May 16, 2012

    You mean the least educated, least economically productive, most unemployed, most obese, and poorest parts of the state overwhelmingly affirmed Amendment 1. -- comment

    Bigotry abounds on this forum! Not only does Bev Perdue put down publicly a WHOLE STATE but here we have those posting who feel so superior to everyone with less education, poorer, fatter that they can emulate our governor and put down 90% of our counties... arrogance that leads to stereotyping and prejudicial statements are not any more flattering than the governor of one state putting down another publicly for daring to hold a different opinion than hers. By doing so, she and this poster put down our own state and majority voters.

    Learn some charity when being a loser and remember that just four years ago Gov Perdue did not advocate gay marriage.

  • djofraleigh May 16, 2012

    "People are saying, 'What in the world is going on with North Carolina?' We look like Mississippi," she told WITN ---COMMENT

    PEOPLE, what people? The only one I heard of us BEV PERDUE!

    Note that Bev selectively avoided Texas, Florida and the dozens of other states that have voted not to change the definition of marriage.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot May 16, 2012

    I'm certain Bryant realizes that even the Democratic Party doesn't approve of Beverly Perdue.

    If you want to live in a more progressive/less conservative state, please find one.

  • AT16 May 16, 2012

    aetius476 and others.....I was raised in a Christian household that taught love not hate, and tolerance not intolerance. And why would comparing a conservative state (Miss) against a conservative vote be considered an insult? Have you thought about that? Peace....

  • WolfPackAlum May 16, 2012

    >>"Speaks the truth about what? This state has overwhelmingly affirmed that traditional marriage should stay traditional....that's the truth."

    You mean the least educated, least economically productive, most unemployed, most obese, and poorest parts of the state overwhelmingly affirmed Amendment 1. Meanwhile the most educated, most economically productive, most employed, healthiest parts of the state voted against the Amendment and would prefer not to be associated with the regressive movement.

    Just compare this map: http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/image/11079362/?ref_id=11079387

    With this map:
    http://wraltechwire.com/business/tech_wire/news/story/11104450/

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