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North Carolina voters have been granted a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman next year. The state Senate has voted 30-16 to approve the measure Tuesday afternoon.

State Senator Warren Daniel of Morganton told LifeSiteNews that the amendment will go on the GOP primary ballot in May 2012:

“The people of this state, not judges, bureaucrats, or politicians, should define marriage, which I personally believe should be between one man and one woman,” said Daniel.

The amendment says that marriage “between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state,” effectively banning homosexual domestic partnerships and civil unions as well.

The amendment effort faces high-profile opposition: yesterday, Facebook co-founder and North Carolina native Chris Hughes and his homosexual partner Sean Eldridge announced a campaign to raise money against the marriage amendment.

Hughes and Eldridge plan to donate $10 for every person who “likes” the gay activist group Equality NC by Tuesday, for up to 1,000 new members.

While North Carolina already has a 1996 law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, it is the only southeastern state without a constitutional marriage amendment. A majority of states has a similar constitutional amendment.

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