Passage of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman makes North Carolina “look like Mississippi,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday.

Perdue was in Greenville as part of her tour to tout her proposed state budget for 2012-2013. The governor was responding to a question on the amendment from a reporter from WITN-TV in Washington.

“I think it’s wrong for North Carolina, clearly and simply,” she said. “People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused, to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights of people, including the civil rights marches back in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s.

“Folks are saying, ‘What in the world is going on in North Carolina?’ We look like Mississippi.”

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant took offense at Perdue’s comment.

“I am certainly disappointed by Gov. Perdue’s statement regarding North Carolina’s ‘looking like Mississippi,’” Bryant said in a statement. “Apparently, North Carolina’s voters are much more in line with Mississippi’s traditional values on marriage than those of Gov. Perdue.”

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The 2010 United States census counted 6,286 same-sex unmarried-partner households in Mississippi, an increase of 1,512 since the 2000 United States census. 33% contained at least one child, giving Mississippi the distinction of leading the nation in the percentage of same-sex couples raising children.

Mississippi has the largest percentage of African-American same-sex couples among total households. The state capital, Jackson, ranks tenth in the nation in concentration of African-American same-sex couples. The state ranks fifth in the nation in the percentage of Hispanic same-sex couples among all Hispanic households and ninth in the highest concentration of same-sex couples who are seniors.


  1. Spin
    Posted May 12, 2012 at 1:30 am |

    Thank You, Oh Thank You , Oh Thank You!

    This verbal ammunition against the “East Coast Elitist” in my fanm damily is priceless.

    My youngest son got to meet Phil Bryant at work Wednesday and was impressed with his humble down home demeanor.

  2. Stick
    Posted May 12, 2012 at 4:36 am |

    Bev just needs to shut the fuck up. She’s lucky not to be in a jail cell.


  3. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted May 12, 2012 at 6:23 am |

  4. Jess
    Posted May 12, 2012 at 6:30 am |

    I think the people of North Carolina should be commended for expressing their views at the ballot box. Hopefully, their next effort involves removing the Governer.

  5. JoeBandMember®
    Posted May 12, 2012 at 10:00 am |

    They won’t stop until everyone who disagrees is silenced. Case in point: The Olympian’s comments section. I quit when i couldn’t keep a post up there for over fifteen minutes. Two years later, the maggots there are still accusing others of being me. The left always needs a boogey-man, I guess…

  6. Posted May 12, 2012 at 10:52 am |

    I linked you. Very funny!

  7. Posted May 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm |

    I’m waiting for the chicken people to sue her for defamation of name (and yes, I know, she’s no relation).

  8. Freddie Sykes
    Posted May 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm |

    Believe it or not, Jess, she actually had enough sense not to run for a second term. One of the candidates to replace her is that mad congressman who attack a student for asking if he supported Obama. He lost his House seat and now thinks he ready to become governor.

    Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC) Assaults Student on Washington Sidewalk

  9. snap-e-tom
    Posted May 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm |

    and “looking like mississippi” should be taken as a compliment