Perdue: Marriage between man and woman

NC Governor Beverly Perdue (Steve Helber)

November 21, 2011 4:39:45 PM PST
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue tried to straddle the fence on the issue of gay marriage Friday.

In a strongly worded statement, she said she does not support homosexual couples marrying.

"I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman: That’s why I voted for the law in 1996 that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, and that’s why I continue to support that law today," she said.

But Perdue says she does not support a proposed constitutional amendment that the Republican controlled General Assembly has voted to send to the voters. Perdue says such an amendment would hurt the state economically.

"My top priority is creating jobs. Too many people are out of work and I’ve heard from several business leaders who’ve told me that the proposed constitutional amendment will harm our state’s business climate and make it harder to grow jobs here," said Perdue.

"… I’m going to vote against the amendment because I cannot in good conscience look an unemployed man or woman in the eye and tell them that this amendment is more important than finding them a job," she said.

Perdue said she is also concerned that the amendment could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples in the state, regardless of sexual orientation.

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