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North Carolina rejects gay marriage
(Blogmensgo, May 12, 2012) According to the results which are still unofficial, some 61.05% of voters in North Carolina have approved on May 8, 2012, a proposed constitutional amendment (PDF here) that marriage can be validated if it is between a man and a woman. By amending Article 14, the Constitution will then formalize the ban on gay marriage already in force in that State.
The outcome of the vote is even more explicit as the graph above. Only seven counties, in blue, voted against the proposed amendment. All other counties in green are those who voted in favor of the amendment.
Both sides had their own champion.
Against this project, was Bill Clinton who stepped into the breach. The former U.S. president argued that banning gay marriage in North Carolina could penalize the state's economic vitality, that now is more difficult to bring innovative companies and competent staff.
It is a Protestant preacher of 93 years, Billy Graham, founder of an evangelical center in his name and very popular in the United States, which became the standard bearer of the opposition to marriage between same sex. The nonagenarian pounded militantly that the only marriage recognized by the Bible is the union between a man and a woman.
Comment. The constitutional amendment was simmered with onions stuffed with biblical culture, as seen in the first sentence: "Marriage Between one man and one woman is the only domestic valid legal union or That Shall Be reconnu in this State. "
(The marriage between a man and a woman is the only legal domestic union that shall be validated or recognized in this state.)
Such a text was bound to please the good people in this country where there are more than religious fanatics than we can count in the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan together.
Raleigh, capital of North Carolina, was elected in September 2011 "best city in the United States" by Business Week. It is hoped that the magazine Michael Bloomberg, very committed to gay marriage, will change its ranking accordingly.
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