05/09/2012 12:24 am ET Updated May 09, 2012

North Carolina Vote: Obama, Other Politicians React To Constitutional Gay Marriage Ban

On Tuesday, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage exclusively between a man and a woman, making North Carolina the 30th state to pass such a ban same-sex marriage.

The Associated Press reported:

In the final 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 oppose the amendment.

Supporters of the amendment responded with marches, television ads and speeches, including one by Jay Bakker, son of late televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. The Rev. Billy Graham was featured in full-page newspaper ads backing the amendment.

North Carolina law already bans gay marriage, but an amendment effectively seals the door on same-sex marriages.

The amendment also goes beyond state law by voiding other types of domestic unions from carrying legal status, which opponents warn could disrupt protection orders for unmarried couples.

Unsurprisingly, Tuesday's vote immediately inspired strong reactions. Below, a look at how politicians, gay rights groups and others weighed in on the measure's passage:

Reactions To North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban