North Carolina draws plenty of comments online after vote

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One of several comments on the "Visit North Carolina" Facebook page Friday night.

The Facebook page “Visit North Carolina” continues to be flooded with profane comments from people across the country outraged over the approval of Amendment One.

“North Carolina, where you can marry your cousin, just not your gay cousin. Keep it classy!” wrote one commenter Friday evening.

“(J)ust cancelled my trip to outer banks… maybe all the homophobic people can vacation there,” wrote another.

But there are still plenty of people supporting the state. And for the record, you can legally marry your first cousin in North Carolina.

“I’ve changed my (F)acebook picture to a photo of The Great Seal Of The State Of North Carolina to show my support for the great people of NC,” wrote a commenter.

North Carolina became the 30th state to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on Tuesday. The amendment passed with nearly 61 percent of voters supporting it.

It is the first time voters in a state have passed such a ban since November, 2008. Gay marriage is currently legal in six states and the District of Columbia. Barack Obama became the first sitting president to support gay marriage on Wednesday.

The approval of the amendment has also received significant national media attention.

Celebrities including Jon Stewart, Ellen Degeneres, Garry Shandling, Mia Farrow and Meghan McCain voiced opinions about the amendment.

“Sad day in North Carolina North Carolina passes Amendment 1 banning same-sex union,” tweeted movie star Zach Galifianakis, a Wilkes County native.

Supporters of the amendment include the Rev. Billy Graham, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Vote for Marriage NC.

“Passage of the amendment to the constitution of our state has now ensured that the definition of marriage, as the faithful and exclusive union of one man and one woman, and one which is open to the gift of children, is in accord with God’s design and in keeping with the very nature of this sacred vocation,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said on the website of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.

Opponents of the amendment say the ban goes far beyond same-sex marriage and negatively impacts domestic-violence protections and health benefits for unmarried families.

Supporters say that’s wrong and that the opponents are misleading the public.

The amendment’s effect remains uncertain because gay marriage already was illegal in North Carolina.

NOTE: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that North Carolina bans marriage between first cousins. North Carolina does allow first cousins to marry.

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