North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.
Incomplete returns show the amendment up 59.72 percent to 40.28 percent. Some large counties, including Durham and Mecklenburg have not reported.
Marriage rights for gay couples has been a topic of national debate this year, and North Carolina’s amendment and the campaigns for and against it drew international attention.
Supporters of the amendment, Vote for Marriage raised more than $1 million, while opponents, the Coalition to Protect All N.C. Families, raised more than $2 million.
The Rev. Billy Graham appeared in a full-page ad supporting the amendment, and others in his family recorded pro-amendment messages.