Amendment 1

N.C. Passes Same-Sex Marriage Ban

North Carolina voted to pass a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage along with civil unions for gay and straight couples Tuesday. With 35 percent of precincts reporting, Amendment 1 was passing 58 percent to 42 percent. The ban recognizes marriages between one man and one woman and as “the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized.” Polls suggested that many voters did not know that the measure will also have an effect on straight couples. North Carolina already has a law against same-sex marriage and becomes the last former Confederate state to add such a ban to its constitution.