May 10, 2012
North Carolina on Tuesday became the 30th state to define marriage within its constitution as between one man and one woman when a measure that had drawn nationwide attention passed easily with a margin even larger than pre-election surveys, Baptist Press reports. With all counties reported, the amendment passed 61 to 30 percent. Critics said the amendment was unnecessary because the state already defines marriage in the traditional sense, but supporters argued North Carolina needed the amendment to prevent a state court from legalizing gay marriage, as has happened in Massachusetts, Iowa and Connecticut. The final pre-election poll from Public Policy Polling had the amendment up 57 to 39 percent; marriage amendments have a history of outperforming surveys. "North Carolinians have been waiting for nearly a decade to protect marriage -- a sacred institution authored by God -- from being redefined against the will of the people," said Tami Fitzgerald, chair of Vote FOR Marriage NC. North Carolina was the last remaining state in the Southeast to pass such an amendment.