Mississippi Officials Blast N.C. Governor

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says it was "petty" for North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to insult
Mississippi when talking about voters in her state approving a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage.

Republican Bryant says he intends to write to Democrat Perdue about her comments.

Perdue was in Greenville, N.C., Friday when she said she was disappointed voters in her state approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

She said people are wondering what's going on in North Carolina and that the vote made her state "look like Mississippi."

Perdue claims people around the country are watching the state and are confused. She said North
Carolina was a "progressive and a forward thinking state that stood up for civil rights".

North Carolina became the 30th state to pass a
constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The amendment passed with nearly 61 percent of North Carolina voters supporting it.

Bryant responded it was disappointing that
Perdue referred to Mississippi "to disparage a popular vote in her own state."

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also issued a written statement:

"Gov. Perdue should know that her administration has a lot of work to do to make her state's business climate 'look like Mississippi'. We are creating an environment which encourages the private sector to invest capital in Mississippi, and I would invite any North Carolina-based company wanting to move to a lower-taxed, less-regulated state to look at our business-friendly opportunities. In fact, the Tax Foundation ranks Mississippi as the 17th best in the country in its latest State Business Tax Climate Index, while Gov. Perdue's policies have dropped her state among the six worst in America. The business-friendly policies enacted in Mississippi have reduced our unemployment rate to 9 percent, according to the latest numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, Gov. Perdue's home state's unemployment rate remained significantly higher than Mississippi’s at nearly 10 percent."

Mississippi voters approved an amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004.

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