By The Associated Press
GREENVILLE, N.C. — Passage of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman makes North Carolina “look like Mississippi,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday.
Perdue was in Greenville as part of her tour to tout her proposed state budget for 2012-2013. The governor was responding to a question on the amendment from a reporter from WITN-TV in Washington (http://bit.ly/JptsXG ),
“I think it’s wrong for North Carolina, clearly and simply,” the governor said.
“People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused, to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights of people, including the civil rights marches back in the ’50′s and ’60′s and ’70′s,” Perdue said.
“Folks are saying what in the world is going on in North Carolina. We look like Mississippi.”
The chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party issued a statement in response to Perdue’s comment, saying his state is proud to stand with those who voted for the amendment in North Carolina and people in other states who support traditional marriage.
“Gov. Perdue is obviously out of touch with the voters of her own state and is trying to change the subject by attacking Mississippi,” Mississippi GOP chairman Joe Nosef said.
On Tuesday, North Carolina became the 30th state to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The amendment passed with nearly 61 percent of voters supporting it.