The state of North Carolina has passed a proposed amendment to its constitution, through a referendum with 61 percent of voters casting their ballots in favor, a law decreeing that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State,”ABC News said.
This means that civil unions and potentially other types of domestic partnerships will no longer be legally recognized.
Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian organization, said in a statement “We applaud North Carolina voters for joining voters in 31 other states upholding the historic and natural definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman” the statement said. “At every opportunity, the American people have demonstrated a deep appreciation for the unique benefits that marriage between a man and a woman brings to families and society. They recognize that marriage is the only kind of union that results in natural procreation and keeps a mother and father together to raise the children produced by their union.”
But Jean Cary, professor of law at Campbell University in Raleigh, N.C., said there was some uncertainty among the state’s legal scholars as to what extent of the law the term ‘domestic legal union’ was defined in the amendment.
The North Carolina Democratic Party said the results were a setback and they would continue to fight for ‘equal rights,’ “Tonight’s results are an unfortunate reminder that the fight for Civil Rights in our state is not yet over. Writing discrimination into our Constitution is wrong. The State Constitution exists to protect the rights of our citizens- not to take them away. Despite this setback, north Carolina Democrats will continue to fight for all of our citizens.”