The Associated Press has called it. We lost the North Carolina anti-gay amendment battle; the amendment has passed. Every state in the South has now passed a constitutional amendment to discriminate against LGBT people.
The Charlotte Observer reports:
North Carolina's primary election Tuesday gained national stature not because of any candidates on the ballot, but because of a state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.
Amendment One generated more than $3.5 million in donations; nearly 750,000 phone calls; and tens of thousands of home visits by volunteers from both sides.
Grass-roots action throughout the state helped drive early voters to the polls in record numbers. And Amendment One also revealed generational and urban-rural divisions in the state.
It clearly was a big draw Tuesday for voters in the Charlotte region.
Several people standing in a long line Tuesday evening at Crown Point Elementary School in Matthews said they took the time to vote because of Amendment One. A younger couple that arrived at 6:15 a.m., 15 minutes before the polls opened, at CPCC's Levine Campus in Matthews said they also came specifically because of Amendment One.
Kudos to the team at Protect NC Families in North Carolina who valiantly fought to keep this amendment from passing. They did the best they could - and did better than some expected.