The Governor of North Carolina, Democrat Beverly “Bev” Perdue, has denounced the recent passage of Amendment One, which outlaws all civil unions outside heterosexual marriage, which she said made the state “look like Mississippi.”

Her comments came during her tour through the state, and when, in Grenville, a local television reporter put a question on the amendment to her.

She said: “I think it’s wrong for North Carolina, clearly and simply,” adding: “People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused, to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights of people, including the civil rights marches back in the fiftees and sixties and seventies.”

“Folks are saying what in the world is going on in North Carolina,” Ms Perdue said, adding, “We look like Mississippi.”

North Carolina passed the vote despite an appeal from Bill Clinton, and just a day before President Obama announced his support for equal marriage.