Last night, Patrick and I were fortunate enough to participate in Adam Bouska’s recent stop in Vancouver for his NOH8 Campaign. However, the night got a little cloudy for a minute when news broke that North Carolina voters had voted in favor of a gay marriage ban. The state overwhelming decided to define marriage between one man and one woman as the only legal union recognized by the state.
This vote makes North Carolina the 30th state in the United States to put a ban on gay marriage. The state already had a ban on same-sex marriage in the first place. However, this new amendment will make current civil unions and marriages between same-sex couples null and void. The voting results were posted at 60% in favor of the ban.
“Your efforts send a message to the state of North Carolina and to the country that we will not allow marriage to be redefined in this state,” Tami Fitzgerald, chair of Vote for Marriage NC, told supporters gathered in Raleigh. “The nation is watching North Carolina, and we have given them a high standard to follow.”
Not only does this ban define marriage, it also plays into everyday lives. If you are in the hospital and on your death bed, and are only allowed immediate family, your partner will not be able to come and see you. You can’t choose your family but the government seems to have chosen it for you.
An unusually high number of voters went to the polls early in North Carolina. According to state election officials, more than 500,000 voters cast their ballots ahead of Tuesday’s election, despite the lack of a competitive presidential primary. That’s more early voters than in 2008, when Obama and Hillary Clinton were locked in a fight for the Democratic nomination.
Opponents of the measure, though disappointed with their loss, cheered the high turnout and vowed to keep fighting.
While this new ban saddens me, I tweeted yesterday, “Stay strong – don’t let this battle define the war.” How do you feel about this new law passing in North Carolina?