North Carolina voters have approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, making it the 30th state to adopt such a ban.
With 35 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, unofficial returns showed the amendment passing with about 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent against.
In the days before the vote, members of President Barack Obama's cabinet expressed support for gay marriage, and former President Bill Clinton recorded phone messages urging voters to reject the amendment.
Meanwhile, supporters ran their own ad campaigns and church leaders urged Sunday congregations to vote for the amendment. The Rev. Billy Graham was featured in full-page newspaper ads supporting the amendment.
In another vote, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the presidential primary in North Carolina on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.
The once-hotly contested race has been all but decided, with most of the candidates suspending their campaigns. Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul are the only candidates left who are actively campaigning for the Republican nomination.
North Carolina voters also picked candidates for governor, treasurer, auditor, state legislature and Congress. Gov. Bev Perdue is not running for a second term, so Republicans and Democrats will choose a candidate.
The Associated Press reported that Pat McCrory was nominated as the Republican gubernatorial candidate and that Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton was nominated as the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell will advance to the general election after Tuesday's vote, according to The Associated Press.
Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and closed at 7:30 p.m.
Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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