North Carolina approves gay union ban

BBC News

Initial results show North Carolina has approved a constitutional amendment effectively banning same-sex marriage or civil unions.

State election officials said 61% had voted for the measure banning gay unions, and 39% opposed it.

Recent polling had suggested the ban would pass, defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

North Carolina law already bans gay marriage but the vote enshrines this in the constitution.

Recent comments in favour of gay marriage by US Vice-President Joe Biden had reignited debate over the issue.

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