Amendment One, which is up for a vote on May 8, states that “Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state”, meaning it would also outlaw civil unions and public employee domestic benefits.
In a statement last week, Obama’s North Carolina campaign spokesman Cameron French called the proposed amendment “divisive and discriminatory”.
“The North Carolina ballot initiative… would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples,” French said, “and that’s why the president does not support it.”
While Obama has said that he opposes marriage equality, he has recently described his views on the subject as “evolving”.
The Human Rights Campaign praised the president’s stance. “The President has made clear the importance of protecting all families,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Amendment One undermines basic human dignity and places families of all types at risk in North Carolina. Voting ‘No’ on Amendment One is critical for maintaining a fair North Carolina.”