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We feel Americans should freely believe what they will, but when those beliefs harm or hinder the civil rights of fellow citizens, that becomes an issue.

Unfortunately, North Carolina voters turned their beliefs into actions that will hurt their fellow citizens when they voted in favor of Amendment 1 yesterday.

As we stated Tuesday, this means "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state."

But the amendment doesn't just affect the LGBT community. The ban also means domestic violence protection for any unmarried victim is now at risk as well. (Weird, right?)

Vote for Marriage NC leader, Tami Fitzgerald, stated:

We are not anti-gay, we are pro-marriage. And the point — the whole point — is simply that you don't rewrite the nature of God's design for marriage based on the demands of a group of adults.

So much for separation of church and state…

It's a shame when consenting, adult Americans can't enjoy the same rights as every other citizen just because radical members of one sub-culture fear difference.

It's also a shame when Americans allow an amendment to pass that reinforces fearful beliefs in bullies. How many more children need to be mocked, punched, bruised, KILLED before people wake up and see the big picture?

That's not loving one another if you ask us.

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77 comments to “North Carolina Bans Gay Marriage”



  1. 1

    "as long as they don't harm or hinder the civil rights of fellow non-harming citizens." - And if they aren't "fellow non-harming citizens" it's ok to "harm or hinder" their civil rights? Who the fuck writes these posts? Go back to school.

  2. internetfavs.com says – reply to this


    2

    why is the US so old-fashioned?

  3. Danny says – reply to this


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  4. 4

    I will never understand how the majority can decide what rights a minorty have! What ever happened to life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness? I will say this GOD makes no mistakes and if god did not want gays or like them he would not create them! I was always told in church GOD loves you no matter what and GOD knows everything! I will PRAY for these people who feel its there right to take away others rights!



  5. 5

    "You don't rewrite the nature of God's design for marriage…." Unless this group of people are supporters of polygamy, or have ever rewritten "God's design" for any other part of their life, they should probably stick a big old piece of tape across their mouth.
    Don't hold it against all of us NC residents.



  6. 6

    north carolina voters who voted for this ban: you should be ashamed of yourselves.
    this disgusts me

    CC

  7. Mr Pete says – reply to this


    7

    I never understood why gays have been pushing so hard for marriage between two same sex couples, be considered the same as a marriage between hetro couples
    What is wrong with Civil Unions, that have all the same benefits, but just under a different name
    As a gay man, I still cringe a bit when I see Rosie talking about her wife,
    I have to think which one, visions of Henry V111 pop in my head
    I think we should push for Civil Unions, than when that works out, take the next step



  8. 8

    I live in NC and am ashamed and disgusted at this amendment passing. I assumed it would, it was rigged to pass from the beginning. They were originally going to put it up to vote with the 2012 presidental election, but moved it to putting it to vote with the Republican primary. The last I saw, only around 30% of voters in NC showed up to vote at all. And it passed with a 60/40 split. Which, honestly, at first I was outraged, I still am. But this amendment passing 60/40 isn't bad. People weren't very informed on this issue either. Mostly everything I saw or heard about it from fellow North Carolinian's, was about not letting gays marry in NC. When there is already a ban on gay marriage in NC, it makes no sense to me all. This amendment was completely unnecessary and is just malicious. But years ago this kind of amendment would have passed with flying colors…the tides are changing. There are already plans to repeal. It might take a while, but it's definitely not over. I am straight and am in a long term relationship, but am not married…and have no plans to soon.



  9. 9

    How is this constitutional? There is NO valid argument against gay marriage other than religion–which itself isn't a valid argument because we're supposed to have separation of church and state. I feel sorry for people who are so deluded by religion that they fail to see the humanity in another person.



  10. 10

    He he he.



  11. 11

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  12. 12

    Re: Mr Pete – so, because you don't want it for yourself that means you're incapable to understand why some people want it for themselves? so selfish and short sighted! no wonder this country is in sou much darkness today!



  13. 13

    it will pass in other states slowly! the whole country will legalize gay sex in a near future! DON'T GIVE UP, PEOPLE!



  14. 14

    in this day and age its a outrage that rights are negated for one group of people all u so called married people are getting divorces and yet think u have a right to stop other people marrying im not even gay and im outraged by ur back water hicks get with the programme this is the 21st century .. stupid fucking hillbillys

  15. alice says – reply to this


    15

    This will not stand.



  16. 16

    Marriage isn't a civil right. As a matter of fact marriage is a sacrament which means it comes from god.

    i love how you leftist are ok when the vote goes your way but when the will of the masses doesn't go your way you cry!!!



  17. 17

    Re: jtssrx – Er… God did not invent marriage. People did. And by the way: God does not exist.

  18. Lushh says – reply to this


    18

    Not saying it's right bc I believe in gay marriage and gay rights! But NC is full of bible followers so I kind of saw it coming :(

  19. Heather says – reply to this


    19

    Booooo… So very wrong… Not sure when the world will wake up… :(



  20. 20

    Re: overthere

    That's your opinion. I personal could give a sht less about gay marriage. What cracks me up is marriage is a sacrament "a religious ceremony" and religion has no tolerance for gays. So why do gays want marriage so bad??

  21. NChome says – reply to this


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    We already have a statute against it, so that clause was redundant. We should really be upset about the fact that unmarried parents will lose their rights to their children, unmarried victims of abuse will no longer have legal protections, and the children of unmarried parents are going to lose THEIR legal protections. Yes, it is unfair that gays can't marry, but other people are being affected, too.



  22. 22

    I think the media and the politicians have corrupted the truth.. people talk of the majority, but I think it is the minority who is fussing and voting. until 100% of people vote, you cant judge what the majority is

  23. Emily says – reply to this


    23

    Don't worry Perez, we're signing petitions to send it to the Supreme Court. I don't want my rights ripped away because I'm an unmarried female. Sadly, the majority that "won" is only the minority compared to the millions of NC citizens this amendment will harm.



  24. 24

    Congratulations North Carolina in making the right choice. We're winning the battle to stop perversion and protect marriage. Right now, 29 states have banned gay marriage while only 6 allow it. Don't listen to Perez. We are winning!

  25. Drey says – reply to this


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    I can't believe our rights were decided by others. This disgusts me..and the bible beaters out there who are quoting the bible and stand behind the ban….you need to read the ENTIRE bible…including the part about a man having more than one wife. Yeah, read it. I live in a state with a bunch of uneducated hillbillies….so, basically, you can marry your cousin here…just not your gay cousin. Idiots.



  26. 26

    Re: Mr Pete – The problem with the "why not civil union" argument is that its too little, too late.
    Civil unions between two consenting individuals should ALWAYS have been an option. It's just common sense. And now, after decades of inequality, as gay marriage is gathering momentum, the opposition offers civil unions?
    Sorry, just as years and years of racial strife eventually lead to the Civil Rights Act, this journey will lead us to marriage equality.



  27. 27

    Re: SlaveMeh
    What happened is nothing… the state decides the laws if you don't like them then move to a state that is more to your liking. That is what america was founded on. If the Feds get too much power then there will be no where to go if you disagree with the state you live in because all the states will be the same. Soooo then you have to leave the country. Which do you prefer? move to a new state or move to a new country.

  28. roseana says – reply to this


    28

    I live in NC. I voted against the amendment. It should not have been on the ballot. Everyone deserves to marry whomever they wish. I too am pissed that it passed.

  29. maringo says – reply to this


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    NC banned Gay marriage in 1996..get your facts straight



  30. 30

    If Liberalland (ie California) voted it down, why in the hell would you think it would pass in North Carolina?



  31. 31

    I live in NC. I voted against this amendment. I am pissed off. Everyone has a right to marry whomever they wish to. All you haters can say what you want. It matters what is inside a person, and not what society wants, or thinks. One day everyone will have equal rights. That day I will rejoiced, and laugh at the damn haters.



  32. 32

    Re: overthere – I tend to believe god exists and that he did create marriage. It was the first sacred commitment between two people. God created marriage and man created government. As a Christian I really don't care if gay people want to get married. It doesn't affect me, and I'm open minded enough to realize not everyone believes in the same god as I do or none at all. But don't ask me to support it, to me there are more important issues I feel I want to focus on. But everyone has the right to vote on what they feel will better their lives, even though it might it might not better the country.



  33. 33

    Gays have the same rights as everyone else.



  34. 34

    The straights have spoken. Go back to your bath houses. leather bars and Glee parties.

  35. fluffy says – reply to this


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    i'm SOOOO happy that the folks from NC added a constitutional ammendment that defines marriage as one man and one woman. the libtards will have you believe that homosexuals deserves special rights above and beyond the standard rights EVERY american shares, which is that these gays/lesbos/transvestites deserve the right to marry anyone they feel like. next thing you know the beastiallists will want to marry their animal companions, and necropheliacs will want to marry their sexual partners.



  36. 36

    Re: jtssrx – "marriage is a sacrament "a religious ceremony"…

    In certain situations, yes, marriage is a sacrament "a religious ceremony", but that is not a requirement for marriage. You can go down to the county courthouse, go to Vegas, and still get married.
    It is obvious by the staggering divorce rate that very few people view marriage as a sacrament.
    The main reason though that marriage equality is a must (not just a Civil Union) is that a "legal marriage" is just that; a legal contract (not legal sacrament) that has undeniable rights for the participants.
    The REAL problem is that along with a separation of church and state, a separation of "legal marriage" and "religious sacrament" should have occurred. That way, if you wanted legal rights AND to dedicate your life to Jesus, you would say you got married. And for those that didn't really care about the religious aspect of marriage, you could call it "legal marriage" or something. Unfortunately, the churches didn't fight for their sacrament to stay with the church and it's now more powerful as a legal entity than it is as a religious celebration. The chance to "protect marriage" (a term I hear often) is long past. Don't blame gays though. It's the legal system that has taken marriage from the church and now it belongs to the States. And since "separation of church and state" was adopted around 1947, that is when this battle began.



  37. 37

    Marriage always had been and always will be between a man and a woman. Its a fucking word people. If you want to be in a committed relationship with someone of the same sex fine, but call it something else. Should we also argue that 2+2=5 just because some people think that it should be? Again, I'm fine with queer relationships. I'm also fine with your getting the same legal rights as a married couple (insurance, etc..) Its just not marriage. Sorry.



  38. 38

    Gays should have the right to marry and be as miserable as heterosexual couples.



  39. 39

    Great news



  40. 40

    The bad thing about North Carolina is if i wanted to, i could marry my cousin and it'd be legal. At least on the brightside,the last time they pulled something like this was to outlaw interracial marriage. See how well that worked out. There's too many stupid people in this state, and i know this because i worked with the public for years.

  41. Wrenn says – reply to this


    41

    It's not only NC that feels this way…31 other states already have this type of law in effect. Even the ultra liberal state of California voted for the same type of amendment.



  42. 42

    America is so far behind with their thinking it's not even funny! Canada has legal gay marriage and has for years. We also can't marry our first cousins…. I guess that explains it! People saying it's just a word or a piece of paper and whats the big deal? The big deal is say this homosexual couple has a child using one of the parents egss or sperm, then say the one parent and child are involved in an accident, the other parent has no right to decide on their medical care and is left hoping the right actions are taken. As just a couple and not married there are a lot of rights as married couple they aren't entitled to and whats the big deal. We can let people like Kim K marry, yet a gay couple can't? Yah I think she ruined the sanctity of marriage not the gay couple who have been together for years and just want to make it legal.

  43. Vixen says – reply to this


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    Re: perez posse member 777 – People in NC are not hillbillies

  44. Vixen says – reply to this


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    Re: UpYerzUgly – Stupid!

  45. Vixen says – reply to this


    45

    Perez Christians are not a sub culture gays are.

  46. hmmmph36 says – reply to this


    46

    This isi what happens when asshats like Perez try to SHOVE shit down peoples throats….time for a new strategy.



  47. 47

    but people that are SAME sex can have sham usless mariages for money, fame and whatever the fuck else. while 2 of the same sex couple who truly are deeply in love cant in some places? LAME

  48. Seto says – reply to this


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    Re: fluffy – lol You compare homosexuality to necrophilia and bestiality? First off, homosexuals have intimate relationships, or not, with people of their same sex, who are consenting adults and are of the same species. Last time I checked, animals and dead people can't consent to sex. Secondly, necrophilia and bestiality are paraphilias which are abnormal attractions defined by the APA, i.e. they are mental illnesses or are of mental irregularities of attraction in individuals. These can be treated to the effect of elimination of said attractions and feelings, unlike homosexuality and yes I do have the credentials to make such claims.



  49. 49

    I don't know why everybody is so surprised to find out that a Southern state overall disagrees with gay marriage. The South and Midwest are the most religious out of any other region in the U.S. Do you people actually think that Southerners are going to be ok with gay marriage? You're all delusional if you do. I'm NOT trying to say whether or not gay marriage is right or wrong, or whether the South is right or wrong. That's not my point here. My point is that it's North Carolina. Not New York. Not California. It's a state which still has its deep religious roots and traditional values. Let's face it, the idea of gay marriage is pretty new. It is not something that most Christians agree with, and people need to accept that. Stop getting so angry with people for having an opinion that is different than your own. I am so over this yelling at one another. If you support gay marriage, great. If you don't, also great. But that should be where it ends. No one has the right to attack one another for either opinion. Leave it alone. Over time, when people get more used to the NEW idea of gay marriage, it will all sort out.



  50. 50

    Re: Drey – People's rights are always decided by others. Welcome to democracy in America. Majority rules. Homosexuals are a minority, and in a more traditional and religious place, aren't going to win as easily as in New York, for example. On a similar note, technically, the American people don't even vote in the president. The electoral college does that. So, sorry. That's just how it is, frustrating as it may be.



  51. 51

    Re: Branin – Canada also has universal heath care (which the U.S. is apparently getting soon, but we'll see how that works out in appeals). Good luck waiting 6 months to see a neurologist for a possible seizure disorder you may have. Hope you don't get into any car accidents and lose your license in that time period.

    … See? Canadians have stupid policies, too. We're not the only ones who sometimes make questionable decisions. I wish everyone would quit shitting on America and worry about their own problems. We have 50 states fitting into about 6 different regions that are very different culturally from one another, and you expect them all to agree at the same time? Good luck with that. Give it more time, and eventually, we'll all agree. Times change. It's just natural. Some states allow gay mariage, most do not. But eventually, we'll work it out. In America, states have more rights to make their own decisions than the federal government does to decide for us. And that makes unifying the whole country on just one issue nearly impossible.



  52. 52

    it's legal for the pharmecutical industry to manufacture and sell highly addictive and deadly drugs to the american people.
    it's legal to slaughter and cage animals for sport and consumption.
    it's legal sell the most deadly foods and products to the american people and it's legal to allow the big bigness giants to shove it down our throats through media/press/advertising.
    it's legal to drill into the planet and extract it's precious minerals and resources and force the people of the planet to survive by it and charge you an impossible amount of money to buy it.
    it's legal to create an entity and call itself the "law" and force you to live under it and put you in jail if you disagree. but 2 guys who can't sign a dotted line.
    absolutely stupid.



  53. 53

    Re: MissEquisite – All those laws you mentioned can't even be compared to civil rights laws. Nice try, but those comparisons don't add up at all. The bottom line is that the issue of gay marriage is relatively new in terms of history and time, and not all Americans are ready to pass it yet. And that is fine. In time, I am sure things will change, as they always do, and people will someday agree. For now, though, it's not happening everywhere. And people need to start accepting that.



  54. 54

    buahaha owned. I don't think whiny gays realize that the majority of the population does not like them. Gay marriage could not be passed in the most liberal gay accepting state in the nation..I think that should tell you something. Eradicate them.



  55. 55

    I live in North Carolina and the only thing that I am ashamed of is that the amendment was on the ballot to begin with. Haters beware one day we all will have equal rights. I also grew up in the Mid-West, and in a baptist family. I do not agree with those beliefs, and never have. It is wrong to hate, but people do. Those are the people that I laugh at, and they only wish they can be us. The people who believe in equal rights for everyone. It will be here one day, but not soon enough. Oh yeah, I am married to a man. Haters comment all you want. I will continue to laugh my azz at you.

  56. Seto says – reply to this


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    Re: MissEquisite – I get your point but please do not leave out the lesbians, people always forget that they exist too.

  57. LOLO says – reply to this


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    1. People are NOT born gay. There has NEVER been any evidence of that.
    2. If you say they are born gay, then they should be institutionalized. Reproducing ur own spieces is the goal of every living creation (the natural function). Since it is not natural to NOT reproduce, it is a psychological or mental illness
    ===> <=== bad
    ===> ( )( ) bad
    ===> O Good



  58. 58

    We all have opinions. Get over it. Haters get over it. I believe in my heart, and my freedom. I know love is not easy, but we all have a right to love who we want. North Carolina is behind with the times. I can continue with my comments, but it will not change anyone's opinions. For now enjoy life, and your partners, and your family. It will happen one day.



  59. 59

    Re: almira – I respectfully disagree when you say that NC is behind. Most of America doesn't support gay marriage, and if they do, their states probably don't even have it legalized yet. The ones who are truly behind are those countries who are ostracizing, killing, and sodomizing gays and getting away with it. Areas of the world where gay people can't even come out in fear of their lives and reputations are the areas that are behind. Americans are tolerant of gays (For the most part. You always have your crazies). Gay people haven't really started to be out and proud until recently and this is an adjustment period. I don't think America is behind. If we were, we wouldn't even be debating this. It's just that gay marriage is a newer idea and of course there is going to be opposition. There has been for thousands of years, it won't suddenly end in three decades. Give it a few generations. Everything will work out in the end, I really believe that. They'll get their time.



  60. 60

    well it turns out we are no better than the terrorists…they want the same thing:
    god over all, even tho there is no such thing as god.



  61. 61

    Good. I applaud NC!



  62. 62

    What an ugly notion in the name of man kind. North Carolina has publicly, officially, and legally taken a step backward and will have a huge stigma attached to its name from now on. How embarrassing to know your state stands for bigotry!

  63. Seto says – reply to this


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    Re: LOLO – LOL! you people make me laugh! So please explain why there is homosexuality in nature if it is so unnatural? Troll much?

  64. SableOnBlond says – reply to this


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    Re: jojothemonkeyboy
    So that's your solution to everything? Just move? If we all moved because we disagreed with the laws in the state in which we lived, we'd all be nomads. If you don't like the laws in the state in which you live, and you have a lot of people on your side, you fight to get those laws changed. That's the American way. It's not feasible for everyone to just get up and move. Thankfully all the people who didn't agree with legalized segregation didn't "just move."



  65. 65

    The amendment was to add to the constitution the legal definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, therefore negating any commitment ceremony, domestic partnership (gay or straight) or civil union. The amendment was not a "vote yes if you hate all gays and believe gay marriage should be banned." It is actually already illegal in NC. The only thing this did was make an amendment to the constitution that took away any benefits that 2 non-married people, living together had gay or straight.



  66. 66

    Re: mrbetelgeuse – And honestly this is just a political move to make it more difficult to appeal gay marriage (which is ALREADY ON THE BOOKS IN NC) in the future because the republicans are terrified at the way the country is moving towards gay-rights (they did the same with the slaves a few years back). As a resident of NC I absolutely voted against this, and I have to say this was very misrepresented in the news outlets in our state. The mention of the domestic violence issue was non-existent. I hope the 60% of the bible thumping anti-gay voters never have a daughter that gets the shit beaten out of her by the boyfriend she is currently living with (IN SIN…) because you know what, it's because of you close-minded people that's no longer a mandatory arrest as of January 1st. Terrible absolutely terrible that this passed gay marriage issues aside. I feel for all of the people who are losing their benefits through their insurance not because they aren't married (because they can't be legally in NC) but because they are no longer recognized as domestic partners.



  67. 67

    Re: mrbetelgeuse – Why the fuck does religion have anything to do with who you deem as your beneficiary? I don't care what the hell the bible says marriage is. That doesn't matter. Who cares if a man can't "marry" another man that's cool, but why take away what they can do? That's just spiteful and mean and the way this amendment was represented is a downright shame. They did nothing but play to the "anti-gay-marriage" crowd in the good ol' bible belt when in reality gay marriage had absolutely nothing to do with it.



  68. 68

    Re: Seto – Homosexuality in nature just means that animals are also capable of being born genetic fuck ups, chemical imbalances and or faulty wiring in their brain. That whole some "animals" are gay is probably the most ridiculous argument members of the LGBT use. Anyone thats even remotely intelligent side with that.

    Nature dictates that we like most other animals have to reproduce. Our basic instincts/hard wiring have not be reformed. Nature makes us straight because we have to carry on. If you're gay, you're a screw up that wasn't suppose to happen. END OF STORY. Stop trying to debate simple biology.



  69. 69

    Good for North Carolina! Way to stand up for morality and truth.



  70. 70

    Now they've done it! Hungry Americans are becoming the scum of the planet



  71. 71

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  72. 72

    oh yep! under Obama bin Hussain

  73. landen says – reply to this


    73

    I thought usa was a place of many religeons i dont think any laws should revolve around one kind of religeon unless it harms a persons life . Usa is a economic disaster and there fighting over gay marrige those governers and pathetic and little babies they should be helping there coountry not whining like a little bitch

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