Who supported marriage amendment?

May 9, 2012 2:07:22 PM PDT
Only seven North Carolina counties opposed North Carolina's new constitutional amendment that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman and blocks any other kind of domestic union from having legal status.

A study of Tuesday's results showed the Triangle, Charlotte, Asheville, and Boone opposed the rest of the state:

  • Orange County - 79% against
  • Durham County - 70% against
  • Wake County - 57% against
  • Mecklenburg County - 54% against
  • Chatham County - 54% against
  • Buncombe County - 51% against
  • Watauga County  - 51% against

Here are the seven counties with the strongest support:

  • Robeson County - 86% for
  • Alexander County - 86% for
  • Columbus County - 85% for
  • Mcdowell County - 83% for
  • Mitchell County - 83% for
  • Caldwell County - 81% for
  • Cleveland County - 80% for

Statewide, the amendment got 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent against. North Carolina is the 30th state to adopt such a ban on gay marriage.

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Six states - all in the Northeast except Iowa - and the District of Columbia allow same sex marriages. In addition, two other states have laws that are not yet in effect and may be subject to referendums.

The North Carolina amendment was placed on the ballot after Republicans took over control of the state Legislature after the 2010 elections, a role the GOP hadn't enjoyed for 140 years.

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