NC gov speaks to Mississippi gov after comments

By The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue has spoken to Mississippi’s governor after she criticized the approval of last week’s referendum banning gay marriage by saying it made North Carolina “look like Mississippi.” But her spokesman said Perdue didn’t apologize for her remarks.

Perdue spokesman Mark Johnson said the governor had a very good discussion Monday with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who said last Friday he was disappointed with what Perdue’s comments during a Pitt County visit.

North Carolina became the 30th state to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage with 61 percent of the vote.

Perdue responded to a reporter’s question at the Friday appearance by saying people around the country are confused how a state that had stood up to improve race relations decades ago could approve the amendment.