Gov. Bev Perdue came out against the General Assembly's proposed constitutional amendment to discriminate against the LGBT community, calling it bad for business. The amendment would ban gay marriage — as state law does already — and go further by banning civil unions and recognition by the state of any other form of domestic partnership except one man, one woman in matrimony.
Perdue says she does think marriage should be restricted to the one-man, one-woman variety.
Here's Perdue's full statement:
“My top priority is creating jobs. Too many people are out of work and I’ve heard from several business leaders who’ve told me that the proposed constitutional amendment will harm our state’s business climate and make it harder to grow jobs here.
I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman: That’s why I voted for the law in 1996 that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, and that’s why I continue to support that law today. But I’m going to vote against the amendment because I cannot in good conscience look an unemployed man or woman in the eye and tell them that this amendment is more important than finding them a job.
In addition, a number of legal experts have argued that this amendment, if passed, could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples in our state, regardless of sexual orientation. Right now, my focus, the General Assembly’s focus, and North Carolina’s focus needs to be on creating jobs.”