US passes same-sex marriage ban in North Carolina

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May 9 Washington: North Carolina has approved a state constitutional amendment explicitly forbidding gay marriage.
According to the preliminary results from the State Board of Elections of NC, the amendment was passed by 61 percent against 39 percent.

Richard Lugar, the veteran Indiana Senetor, was routed by the right flank of his own Republican Party and NC voters decided to strengthen their state’s gay marriage ban a conservative show of enthusiasm and strength six months before the Presidential elections. The voters approved an amendment to their state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman, effectively solidifies and expands already enacted North Carolina law forbidding same-sex marriage.

Similar state constitutional amendments have been approved in some 30 US states. Gay marriage is legal in six states, plus the District of Columbia. The outcomes of Tuesday’s far-flung voting were certain gave clues about the state of the electorate and highlighted the political minefields facing both Republican and Democratic candidates six months before the general election.

Obama opposes the ban, as does former President Bill Clinton, who has recorded automated phone calls ahead of the vote. He was heading on Tuesday for Albany, New York, where lawmakers voted last year to approve gay marriage in that state. The White House spokesman Jay Carney said, The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples. In states where gay marriage already is legal, the president says married gay couples should have the same rights as married straight couples.

At the same time Romney favours a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, saying the policy should be set federally, not by states. Some conservatives have questioned Romney’s commitment to that position, noting that during his 1994 Senate run, he said he supported “full equality” for gays and lesbians. To clear His stand in the issue, Romney told an Ohio television station Monday that he believes “marriage is between a man and a woman, and that’s a position I’ve had for some time and I don’t intend to make any adjustments at this point – or ever, by the way.
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