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N.C. Governor: Anti-gay marriage vote makes N.C. ‘look like Mississippi’

Saturday, May 12, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) said Friday that she was embarrassed by voters’ passage of an anti-gay marriage amendment to the state’s constitution earlier this week, primarily because it made the state “look like Mississippi.”

Bev Perdue

“People around the country are watching us, and they’re really confused to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights people including the civil rights marches back in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s,” Perdue told North Carolina’s WITN-TV.

“Folks are saying ‘What in the world is going on with North Carolina?’ We look like Mississippi.”

On Tuesday, voters approved Amendment One by a vote of 61 percent to 39 percent.

North Carolina law had already banned gay marriage, but the measure now adds a further prohibition on same-sex marriages, as well as other types of domestic unions, including those between straight couples.

North Carolina was the last southern state to put such wording into its constitution; Mississippi overwhelmingly passed a similar amendment in 2004.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) responded Friday evening, calling Perdue’s jab “petty.”

Bryant also said he was disappointed that North Carolina’s governor referred to his state in an effort “to disparage a popular vote in her own state.”

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  1. She should be embarassed!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:15pm
  2. Bwahahaha!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:15pm
  3. I believe the gay and lesbian community should boycott N.C. and let them see how much of our money they take to discriminate against us using their interpretation of their bible.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:15pm
  4. ya think…??

    Mississippi in the freakin 1950′s…..I’d be embarrassed too..

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:17pm
  5. yes it does.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:18pm
  6. Ooooh SNAP

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:18pm
  7. “Look like Mississippi” Well let me tell you that MY partner and I live in MS and we have Many many friends who are gay and coupled.. WE are welcomed in the city we live in we are welcomed in the state capital , which even host a pride parade yearly… SO gov. Bev I do hope your state looks like MS. Just b/c a piece of paper does not sit in the capital file cabinet telling everyone that they NEED to LIKE US and treat us all the same, does not mean the citizens do not do that exact thing.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:22pm
  8. Why is it always that Mississippi or Alabama always have to be the assholes of discrimination?

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:25pm
  9. @Dave = Because they are.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:28pm
  10. Because of history

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:29pm
  11. That takes serious balls insulting a fellow southern state but good for her!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:31pm
  12. Courage to stand up and say something unpopular

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:33pm
  13. Boycott all States with anti-gay marriage or domestic partner laws

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:34pm
  14. Closet lesbian.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:40pm
  15. Republican success story, right to work state, all the many factories, Broyhill from COMMUNIST CHINA, now the 10th poorest state in USA!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 12:40pm
  16. yah it does.. just as ignorant!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:09pm
  17. she got that right

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:14pm
  18. You should be!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:21pm
  19. Brave comment.. I’m sure this will hurt any chance of her running for another office in N.C.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:27pm
  20. “The United States [government] shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government, and shall protect each of them… against domestic violence” (Constitution, Article IV, Sect. 4).
    A guaranteed republican form of government is the opposite of a democracy (i.e. mob rule); meaning the rights of the minority (the LGBT) must be protected, in spite of a majority vote to amend the state’s constitution against minority rights such as same-sex marriage opportunities.
    North Carolina’s amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage is unconstitutional when it’s compared to the federal Constitution (opposing mob rule), which NC officials swore or affirmed an oath to defend. The US Supreme Court can be petitioned to rule that NC’s anti-same-sex marriage amendment is unconstitutional, and it should be struck down.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:31pm
  21. I will not be spending any $$$ in North Carolina – wont vist / they can all go to….

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:42pm
  22. Robin : you said it all .. I know I won’t be going back there for vacation .. .. This shit is all about religion and government not what our rights are .. . This crap reminds me of the racial wars with the whites and the blacks . Not it’s the gays and the strights ..

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:06pm
  23. I don’t think anybody could b as ridiculous as Mississippi

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:19pm
  24. @William hey now there are some of us that live in NC to. >< Plus you making it sound like the vote was 100 to 0 when it was 60~ish to 30~ish if I recall right. I think that is pretty good considering all the mess that people think here.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:24pm
  25. and considering the 4 million who didnt vote

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:42pm
  26. Ain’t it the truth!

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 3:20pm
  27. Thank God she didn’t say my state. LOL

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 4:38pm
  28. The state of NC should. Be embarrassed. I’ve never seen the governor so angry and she should be. I refuse to live here another year with their discriminating laws.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 4:42pm
  29. ..the nation looks like Mississippi.. civil rights are up for grabs..what happend to the republic for which it stands? Has America fallen or just been forgotten? Where is Socrates when you need him?

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 5:19pm
  30. why do i live in north carolina smh really thinkin about move -_-

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:36pm
  31. Too bad she couldn’t undo it. The South is a sad place.

    Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 9:49pm
  32. Yep, you all should be embarrassed. Sorry you can’t enter the 21st Century with the rest of us.

    Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 12:24am