Voters in North Carolina today did as was predicted and voted in favor of Amendment 1, which bans same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state's constitution. Gay marriage is already legally forbidden in North Carolina, but this will enshrine in the constitution the following choice language,
[M]arriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.
This clearly rules out same-sex legal partnerships of any kind, but opponents of the amendment also pointed out that it will affect the ability of same-sex partners to get health insurance and could also jeopardize domestic violence protections which are currently afforded to unmarried couples. Ugh. It's truly a terrible day when the big winners are people who advocate beating the gay out of kids and those who think stopping gay marriage is necessary to "save the caucasians."