Obama against North Carolina anti-gay marriage ballot measure

US President's re-election campaign labels Amendment One 'discriminatory'

Obama against North Carolina anti-gay marriage ballot measure
16 March 2012

US President Barack Obama has famously said he is still 'evolving' on the issue of gay marriage but that has not stopped him from coming out against Amendment One, a ballot initiative that seeks add a ban same-sex marriages and civil unions to the North Carolina constitution.

Obama's North Carolina campaign spokesman Cameron French said in a statement that the president is against the measure which goes before voters on May 8.

'While the president does not  weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,' French stated. 'That’s what the North Carolina ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the President does not support it.'

Whichever Republican Obama faces in the US presidential election in November, he will be running against an opponent who has spoken out strongly against gay marriage.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has won 10 state primaries or caucuses to date, has gone so far as to champion a federal ban on such marriages that would dissolve the marriages that have already taken place in the states where they are legal.

While gay marriages are already not allowed under North Carolina law, the ballot measure seeks to have them banned under the state constitution.



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