Polls in North Carolina have closed, and I’ve seen unconfirmed reports that Amendment 1, the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage (which already is prohibited in North Carolina), has passed.
Earlier today, the NYT had this to say about the ballot measure:
he vote has been hotly debated in the state: over $3 million has been spent on the rival campaigns, ministers have formed coalitions pushing for and against passage, cities have passed resolutions condemning the measure, former President Bill Clinton and the Rev. Billy Graham have weighed in on opposite sides and law professors have skirmished over the consequences.
While public opinion is shifting rapidly across the country and same-sex marriage continues to achieve legal recognition state by state, polls in North Carolina have shown a narrowing but comfortable margin for passage.
For backers of gay marriage, this news comes as no surprise.
*UPDATE: Reports are no longer unconfirmed. Here’s what the AP is reporting:
North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, making it the 30th state to adopt such a ban.
With 35 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, unofficial returns showed the amendment passing with about 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent against.