North Carolina voted Tuesday to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already banned in the state. Supporters pushed for the built-in amendment, arguing that it is bare to area off approaching accustomed challenges.
"It is a actual sad day in North Carolina," said Tori Taylor, 23, a Charlotte citizen who voted adjoin the amendment. "There were a lot of academy students, adolescent professionals who came out to vote. We accept gay friends. A lot of us are chip to that culture. Do you anticipate your accompany should accept the aforementioned rights? It's atramentous and white. Of advance they should."
The North Carolina alteration alters the architecture to say that "marriage amid one man and one woman is the alone calm accustomed abutment that shall be accurate or recognized" in the state.
"It writes bigotry into our accompaniment architecture and gives the majority the adventitious to vote adjoin the minority," said Anne Fawcett Krishnan, 33, of Greensboro.
Experts bidding apropos that the accent of the alteration is so vague, it could band added bachelor couples of some rights as well.
It could affect bachelor beeline couples who alive calm and accompany them adventitious after-effects on issues such as adolescent aegis and the case of calm violence, said Kathryn Bradley, a law assistant at Duke University.
It additionally strengthens the state's position adjoin same-sex civilian unions, generally advised a forerunner to the alliance issue, Bradley said.
Some municipalities in North Carolina accommodate allowances to same-sex couples, and those rights could be absent with access of the amendment, she said.
Opponents of the alteration regroup Wednesday to adjudge the abutting advance of action, with some planning campaigns in cities beyond the accompaniment this week.
"We can't change the after-effects of this vote, but we can actuate what comes next," said Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, administrator of Attack for Southern Equality. "When kids beyond the accompaniment deathwatch up, I demand them to apperceive that this adventure isn't over."
The groups accustomed the loss, but apprenticed supporters to accumulate fighting.
"All eyes in the nation are on us tonight, apprehensive not alone how we came calm to activity this ballsy campaign, but what is it activity to leave abaft -- what's activity to appear to North Carolina afterwards this,"
said Jeremy Kennedy, attack administrator for the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families. "And I accept to say that we are stronger for it. We are bigger for it. Our choir are louder now. We accept adventuresomeness like we've never had before."
But backers of the alteration said they are not deterred.
"Despite the adamant lawsuits and attempts to marginalize supporters of acceptable marriage, a bright majority of the American bodies accept not accustomed up on continuing in abutment of marriage," said
Tony Perkins, admiral of Family Research Council. "But instead, the affirmation suggests they demand to see it adequate and preserved for approaching generations."
Vote for Alliance NC, which accurate the amendment, said its access ensures that the accompaniment -- not a adjudicator -- will ascertain what alliance is in the future.
"We are not anti-gay, we are pro-marriage," said Tami Fitzgerald, administrator of the group. "And the point the accomplished point is artlessly that you don't revise the attributes of God's architecture for alliance based on the demands of a accumulation of adults."
Voters accustomed the alteration by a 61%-39% allowance with all counties reporting, according to actionable allotment from the Accompaniment Board of Elections.
The accompaniment House and Senate voted in 2011 to put the alteration afore accompaniment voters. Both accommodation are Republican-controlled for the aboriginal time in 140 years.
President Barack Obama said he was "disappointed" by the vote, anecdotic it as abominable adjoin gays and lesbians, a agent said.
Americans all-embracing are carefully breach on the issue, according to a contempo Gallup survey. About 50% of Americans accept same-sex couples should be accustomed to wed -- up appreciably from acclamation in accomplished years. An added 48% say such marriages should not be legal.
Before Tuesday, 30 states had voted in favor of built-in amendments that seek to avert acceptable definitions of alliance as a heterosexual union.
"Of states after built-in amendments on marriage, 45% (nine of 20) eventually admit same-sex marriage, either by absolute administrative decree, by aldermanic action, or by a cardinal acute that same-sex marriages from added states be advised as valid," the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriages, said in a statement. "Among the 30 states with alliance amendments, none accept been repealed."
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and the District of Columbia affair alliance licenses to same-sex couples.
In February, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire active a bill that would approve same-sex alliance alpha in June, but opponents there accept apprenticed to block the bill and alleged for voters to adjudge the issue.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley active into law a bill that permits the state's same-sex couples to wed as of January 1, 2013.