President Barack Obama has come out against a constitutional amendment in North Carolina that would ban gay marriage.
The state already has laws against two men or two women marrying, but is the only state in the Southeast without that written into its constitution.
If passed by voters on May 8th, it would prohibit civil unions, domestic partnerships, and public employee domestic benefits currently for all couples, gay or straight. "The President has made clear the importance of protecting all families," said Human Rights Campaign 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."
Supporters say the amendment is needed to protect traditional marriage from possible court rulings that could allow same-sex couple to marry.
Obama's state campaign spokesman said Friday that the president believes the proposal is divisive and would discriminate against gay and lesbian couples.
Spokesman Cameron French says the president doesn't take a position on every ballot issue, but that he feels the amendment question in North Carolina is an important topic.
A recent Elon University/New & Observer/ABC 11 Poll shows 54% of people in the state oppose the gay marriage amendment ban.