Created on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 22:13
North Carolina citizens passed Amendment One Tuesday night with 61 percent of the vote. However, the amendment was defeated in Watauga County by 50.8 percent of the voters.
The amendment provides that marriage between one man and one woman is the only legal domestic union in North Carolina.
The election results for Watauga County were announced at the courthouse Tuesday night.
Campus Coordinator for Protect NC Families Jocelyn Hunt was present as the results were coming in.
Hunt said she was relieved when the numbers for Watauga County first came in.
A total of 7,712 votes were cast against the amendment in the High Country, whereas 7,464 votes supported the amendment.
“So many people have dedicated hours and hours to defeat this amendment,” Hunt said. “So, for their hard work to pay off was great.”
However, junior management major Nate Wright said he was disappointed with the misinformation about the amendment but he hopes with time people will appreciate the amendment.
"People will see that nothing is going to change," Wright said. "Gay marriage was already illegal."
Overall, Wright was happy with the final results.
“I’m glad North Carolina citizens could choose how to define marriage instead of leaving it to a judicial board or legislatures,” Wright said.
“That’s true democracy.”
But not everyone agrees with Wright.
Now that the amendment has passed, senior elementary education major Amanda Mount said she was ashamed to be a North Carolina resident.
“Allowing something to pass in this great state, proves the ignorance and arrogance the majority of the population in this state holds,” Mount said.
Mount said this generation cannot give up even though the amendment passed.
“Our generation is and will be the movement of change,” Mount said. “We will put a stop to the hatred and discrimination that has been voted into place today. I believe that we will put a stop to this. We are the change.”
Story: ANNE BUIE, Managing Editor