North Carolina Bans Same-Sex Marriage

North Carolina’s new law sparked mixed reactions across the country. North Carolina passed a law to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges.  Voters approved the amendment by a 61%-39% margin with all counties reporting, according to unofficial returns from the State Board of Elections.  According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans overall are closely split on the issue. About 50% of Americans believe same-sex couples should be allowed to wed.  This number is up considerably from polls in past years. An additional 48% say such marriages should not be legal.  Full article.

The federal government of the United States does not recognize same-sex marriages and is prohibited from doing so by the Defense of Marriage Act.  Same-sex marriages are currently granted by five of the 50 states and one federal district.  In Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., marriages for same-sex couples are legal and currently performed.  In Rhode Island, and Maryland, same-sex marriages are recognized, but not performed.  Five states and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California recognizes same-sex marriages performed during six months in 2008 after its Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry and before the passage of Proposition 8, which overturned the court’s decision.  Hawaii and New Jersey recognize civil unions.

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