Eyder Peralta for NPR:
North Carolina voters decided to rewrite the state constitution, passing an amendment that makes the only recognized, domestic legal union a marriage between a man and a woman.
The AP made that projection based on an actual tally of votes. With 35 percent of the vote counted, 58 percent of those casting ballots voted in favor of the amendment, making North Carolina the 30th state to adopt such a measure.
North Carolina is the latest of thirty states that have amended their constitutions to affirm that a portion of their human population is not entitled to the same rights as other human beings living in those states. This is unbecoming and not acceptable of us in 2012.
Since this was a ballot in a democracy, it is the decision the people of that state to declare their views. But if those views are to punish a section of the population for who they are, it should not be allowed to pass. Despite this frankly obvious standpoint, it has been allowed thirty times.