North Carolina voters are at the polls today deciding the fate of Amendment One, legislation that will ban the state from recognizing civil unions, strip away domestic partner benefits and could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples.
Passions have been heated on both sides of the issue in recent days and led to a war of words on Twitter between pro wrestler CM Punk and a homophobic supporter of the measure.
The wrestling star tweeted support of gay marriage on Monday (7 May) and called Amendment One ‘ridiculous’ and ‘an invasion of people’s rights.’
‘North Carolina, why do you care if somebody wants to marry who they love?,’ he added. ‘Same sex marriage should be legal. The fact that it’s illegal is embarrassing.’
He also wrote: ‘Divorce rate is at least 50% between men and women, so don’t give me the values angle. Making same sex marriage illegal is the same as having segregated drinking fountains. Embarrassing. The human race is embarrassing.’
One fan disagreed and wrote: ‘Man was meant for woman, and even the thought of homo’s make me sick.’
The World Wrestling Entertainment star responded with a suggestion that the fan kill himself,’ according to Bleacher Report.
After backlash for his remark, Punk apologized and explained that ‘the amendment 1 situation had me all wound up. I stand by my thoughts on gay marriage 100%. How I defended that stance was 100% wrong.’
To the fan he directed the comment to he said: ‘I don’t want you to kill yourself. I want you to better yourself. Just as I want to better myself. I’ll start by being the better man and once again, apologize for my harsh reaction to your opinion of homosexuals making you ‘sick.”
He also vowed to ‘move forward with a better understanding of others feelings.’