By Ryan Collett
North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage Tuesday. The new law, which will now be written into the state’s constitution, formally defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
The amendment, called Amendment One, passed on Tuesday with support for the bill at an estimated 60%. North Carolina’s constitution will now hold the a statement that reads, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”
The passing of the amendment comes after heated debate over the implications of the bill—the loss of protections for victims of domestic violence among them. Notable public figures that announced support for the bill were former presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, and evangelist, Billy Graham.
North Carolina was the last state in the south to not have a formal anti-gay marriage amendment written into its state constitution.
Read Twitter posts by those disappointed with the decision here.