May 8th, 2012
07:58 AM ET

Roundup: North Carolina same-sex marriage vote today

Editor's note: Same-sex marriage continues to be a hot topic of discussion.  Today, North Carolina voters will vote on Amendment One, a referendum that would make "marriage between one man and one woman as the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized." Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden stated he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriages and that all people are "entitled the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all of the civil liberties".  

Here is  a roundup of CNN coverage highlighting the people, perspectives and stories on this topic.

Referendum banning same-sex marriage in spotlight as 3 states hold primaries

White House downplays Biden's same-sex marriage remarks

Biden's support for gay marriage matches most Catholics' views

Another Obama official speaks out for same-sex marriage

Billy Graham backs North Carolina amendment to ban gay marriage

Bill Clinton chimes in on N.C. same-sex marriage ban 

Same-sex couples prepare for North Carolina marriage vote

Photos: 'Commitment’ project focuses on long-term gay couples

N.C. House vote to put constitutional same-sex marriage ban on ballot


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  1. Amie Mcnees

    I have been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this blog. Thanks , I¡¦ll try and check back more often. How frequently you update your web site?

    July 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marcy

    Only 32% of current ACMA bllkiacst is child abuse material Actually this is completely incorrect 32% may be _'alleged'_ child abuse content but it is not confirmed (the ACMA list is all alleged, almost none of it has actually been classified by the Classifications Board). Many people have seen the URLs on the list and it seems like the actual' illegal content is closer to 5% than to 32%.

    August 3, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    I'm sorry but, to me, this is not about the church or religion at all. It's about a very small, very vocal minority who, by their very definition, have rejected all of the norms of society and nature. BUT, they want to force our society to allow them to change OUR values and laws for THEIR sakes. I don't give a care who they go to bed with or live with or any of that. But, I DO care about the fact that we have certain traditions and values and we happen to cherish them and they are trying to FORCE us change these to suit their needs. I use the word FORCE because in SO MANY cases they have used the courts to literally FORCE this down the throats of the citizenry despite huge majorities voting against it.

    May 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Craig T Nelson

    On second thought, I'm going to vote against this amendment. I totally forgot that true conservatives don't want the government in anyone's lives, inlcuding defining marriage. Vote against this amendment as an unwarranted intrusion of government power (aka the lib's favorite tactic). Real conservatives understand.

    May 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scott in NC

    If you want to pound your chest about "standing by your convicitons", at least own it and call it what it is. If you really believe it's right, how can a simple word hurt you?

    From merriam-webster:

    "Bigot-: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance"

    May 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scott in NC

    Nah- I think they would probably chafe.

    May 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary Sanders

    Thank you Rober Jay - you couldn't have said it plainer.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sheryl Wetmore

    Amen Robert Jay...I couldn't have said it better!

    May 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scott Wallace

    Why is the religious right even involved. I guess separation of church and state only comes into play when it suits them. Maybe when churches start paying taxes they can have a say in what our government does.

    May 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bjohns23

      They pay no taxes but in NC the Baptist churches can display signs encouraging people to vote for the legislation. Churches should not tell people how to vote. But, people are pretty stupid if they base their opinions on what their church tells them without using their own brain. I don't care if people have a religious objection to this but why should they care what people do with their freedom.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Todd in DC

    If you believe the bible, or at least the parts of the bible that don't inconvenience you, you will vote for the amendment. If you believe the entire bible, you will vote to treat women as chattel, kill children who talk back to you, kill people who touch pig products, wear their hair too short or too long, eat shrimp, do any work on the Sabbath, see women during their period, marry a woman who is not a virgin, be a woman who does not marry her rapist, or wear mixed fabrics.

    If you think gay people have the same rights as straight people, vote against the amendment.

    May 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • doc

      Do you understand the bible at all?

      May 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • teach her

        Yeah! It's like a salad bar where you get to pick and choose what parts are actually the word of god. Oh wait...

        May 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Unbeliever

        I did. It would appear that you haven't read it doc. The bible does tell a rapist that he should marry the woman he raped to make it right. He also is supposed to give the dad some money. The bible also says eagles and shellfish. So why aren't you christians trying to close seafood restaurants and get the eagle replaced as the national bird? It's because you pick and choose what you want to believe. Your book is make-believe and the world would be better off without it or the Koran.

        May 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • teach her

      So why is Leviticus (and other parts Christians choose to ignore) still in the Bible? Is it possible that parts of the holy book are actually fallible and subject to change?

      May 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert jay

    It is really very clear. If you are a bigot, a racist, rich, or a republican you will vote for the ammendment. If you have ethics, humility, are rationale, are caring, have a vision, (and are probably a democrat) you will vote against the ammedment

    May 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig T Nelson

      Wrong again Lib- 1. Not bigot 2. Not racist 3. Not rich 4. Not a Republican .......AND voting for the Ammendment. You LIberal whiners never get it right. HaHaHaHaHa

      May 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott in NC

      Gee, guess I better go back and change my vote to support it then.

      As a Republican who believes in the original Republican outlook that personal matters are outside the arena of what the government should have anything to do with, I voted against it.

      It must be convienient to blindly classify good and bad based on party lines, I'm sure it requires much less effort than considering facts and drawing your own opinion regardless of what your party tells you is "right".

      May 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Craig T Nelson

        Uhhh, I don't do that, idi ot.....I just stated that I am not a Republican And I support so-called Democratic principles,too. Let me Guess- You weren't born in NC....or the South... You kinda just moved here recently??

        May 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • You Kidding Me?

        Scott in NC..do you really think there are many others who voted against the ammendment for reasons like you?

        You are by far and away a MASSIVE exception to the rule.

        May 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scott in NC

        You Kidding Me?-

        If I was just to judge by those I’ve spoken to, even those who are more on the religious side, I’d be relatively optimistic about it. From what I’ve seen in the overall polling thought it doesn’t look good.

        May 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |