March 21, 2012
President Obama says he opposes a proposed North Carolina constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman -- an amendment that polls show a majority of the state's voters support, Baptist Press reports. The amendment will be on the May 8 primary ballot, and is aimed at preventing a state judge from redefining marriage to include gay couples, as has happened in Massachusetts, Iowa and Connecticut. Twenty-nine states have similar amendments in their respective constitutions. Cameron French, a spokesman for the Obama North Carolina campaign, said, "While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that [he] has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples." Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said it was becoming more obvious that Obama, despite public statements, supported gay marriage. "It's time for the president to be honest with the American people and explain that what he really supports is the redefinition, and ultimate destruction, of man-woman marriage," Perkins said.