Perdue opposes marriage amendment
Gov. Perdue released a statement today saying she's opposed to an amendment baning same-sex unions because of its potential economic effects.Posted — Updated
Gov. Perdue released a statement today saying she plans to vote against the marriage amendment - but not because she's in favor of same-sex marriage. She says she's concerned about its economic effects.
Here's her statement in its entireity:
“My top priority is creating jobs. 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.
"I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman: That’s why I voted for the law in 1996 that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, and that’s why I continue to support that law today.
"But 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.
"In addition, a number of legal experts have argued that this amendment, if passed, could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples in our state, regardless of sexual orientation. Right now, my focus, the General Assembly’s focus, and North Carolina’s focus needs to be on creating jobs.”
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