What Makes NC Different in Marriage Debate?

Associated Press
March 27, 2012

From Texas to Virginia, the South has spoken with almost one voice on marriage equality, amending state constitutions to ban marriage for same-sex couples.

It’s “almost” one voice because there’s a discordant note in the Southern choir.

North Carolina, which likes to distinguish itself as a “vale of humility” surrounded by more bombastic neighbors, is the last state in the region without such an amendment. That fact is repeated constantly in the debate over a May 8 referendum when voters will have a chance to change the situation. But while it’s bandied about by both sides, it’s less clear what the distinction means.