[JURIST] Voters in North Carolina on Tuesday passed a constitutional amendment [Amendment 1, PDF] to ban same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The amendment reads that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State." Sixty-one percent of voters approved [CNN report] the restricted definition of marriage. The amendment also bars any type of same-sex domestic union, including domestic partnerships and civil unions. Opponents of the ban were quick...

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