NC Governor takes to video to oppose amendment


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -

Gov. Beverly Perdue is speaking out in urging voters to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment on next month's ballot that makes clear gay marriage and civil unions aren't recognized by the state of North Carolina.

Perdue's office released a video Thursday on YouTube in which the Democrat said the amendment could harm families and businesses in the state if it's approved May 8. She argued it's wrong to write discrimination into the constitution, no matter someone's religious or personal beliefs about same-sex relationships.

Perdue's office said she planned to hit on similar themes Friday at a Charlotte women's conference.

The governor announced her opposition to the amendment in October, a month after the Legislature agreed to put it on the ballot. A governor can't veto proposed amendments.

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