According to ABC News (the site that rose to the top on my little Google search):
“The referendum- North Carolina Amendment One- goes a step beyond outlawing same-sex marriage, which was already illegal in the state. The law decrees that ‘marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State’- meaning that civil unions and potentially other types of domestic partnerships will no longer be legally recognized.”
Here’s my opinion (based on zero knowledge of the data):
Regardless of the impact, which will affect a lot of people, this outcome says very little about what people actually want.
It only indicates the generational divide in voting; old people like to vote young people don’t take the time. Period.
In the overall scheme of things, human rights flows in one direction, from slavery to freedom.
There are setbacks on the way, but they are reactions — little historical blips on the path to more freedom.
And this is one of those setbacks.
In a couple of decades, most of the people who voted for this will either be dead or too feeble to get to the polls — and the younger generations will vote to allow this freedom. They will laugh at us.(For the record, I did vote against it and almost everybody I talked with about it voted against it).