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Constitutional amendment gets strong approval
Linda Toanone, who said she voted against the amendment, said people are born gay and it is not their choice.
“We think everybody should have the same rights as everyone else. If you’re gay, lesbian, straight whatever,” she said.
Later this year, voters in Minnesota, Maine and probably Washington state and Maryland will have gay-marriage measures to vote on.
Like many states with constitutional marriage amendments, the North Carolina amendment disallows other types of domestic unions from carrying legal status.
Amendment supporters said that this would not prevent companies and individuals from establishing contracts regarding benefits and protections.
But opponents warned that the amendment would upend established arrangements and harm unmarried couples and their families.
• This article is based in part on wire service reports.
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Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.
Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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