North Carolina Governor: Gay Marriage Ban ‘Hurts Our Brand’
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) said Tuesday the proposed gay marriage ban is “bad for business” and “hurts our brand.”
Perdue told MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” host Chuck Todd that she considers her state’s vote on Tuesday “our Rosa Parks moment in North Carolina because it’s about taking away civil rights.”
“This is a big day for North Carolina. Chuck, this hurts our brand,” Perdue said. “Our state has been known around America and around the world as a progressive leader, as an inviting state, the hub of business and opportunity. This is bad for business.”
North Carolina already has a “very clear statute” defining marriage as between a man and a woman, the Democratic governor said, noting that she voted for that law when she was a state senator.
“We have a very clear statue on the books that defines marriage in North Carolina as being between a man and woman, so today’s vote, though some of the extremists have labeled it as about marriage between a man and woman, it’s about civil rights. It’s about taking away rights of North Carolinians,” she said.