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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.

As the debate heats up, opponents and supporters in several North Carolina counties are speaking out. Gaston County Commissioners who endorse the proposed amendment, held a public hearing on April 13th, and are scheduled to vote in support of the resolution on April 26th. Earlier this week, Asheville City Council voted unanimously against the so called marriage protection amendment.

North Carolina voters will take to the polls to decide on May 8th.

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