NC has become the 31st state to pass an amendment that defines marriage in the state constitution.
Tuesday voters approved the constitutional marriage amendment, referred to by some as Amendment One, that says marriage between a man and a woman is the only legal domestic union to be recognized in the state.
Backers of the measure said it would preserve traditional marriage and prevent activist judges or future legislatures from changing current state law that already says marriage is between one man and one woman.
Opponents of the measure have been raising concerns that the amendment will cause harms such as invalidating domestic violence protections, taking away health care benefits to same sex couples and for some children, while having a negative effect on the economy.
Supporters of the amendment have repeated their claims that none of the arguments being raised by the opposition are true and were just attempts to distract from the real issue.
There were legal scholars weighing in on both sides of the issue. Attorney General Roy Cooper was among those who said he would be voting against it because the legislation was unclear and unwise and that his office would likely be involved in the litigation expected if the measure passed.
The official explanation on the state election website said the courts would ultimately have to decide many of the issues being raised by opponents.