North Carolina House approves same-sex marriage ballot issue

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Posted: Sep 12, 2011 7:08 PM
North Carolina House approves same-sex marriage ballot issue

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - The North Carolina House of Representatives voted 75-42 on Monday to put a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage before voters next May.

North Carolina already has a statute barring same-sex marriage, but it is the only state in the South that has yet to make the ban part of its constitution.

The Republican-led effort is expected to win the necessary three-fifths approval in the Senate to put the issue on the ballot.

(Reporting by Ned Barnett; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)