The insulted Mississippi Lt. Governor lashed back at N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue after she told a television reporter Friday that the constitutional amendment on marriage makes North Carolina "look like Mississippi."
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, criticized Perdue's policies and the Tarheel state's higher unemployment rate. Reeves even made a pitch to N.C. businesses to come to Mississippi if they wanted to work in a “lower-taxed, less regulated state.”
“Governor Perdue should know that her administration has a lot of work to do to make her state’s business climate ‘look like Mississippi,’ ” Reeves said in a statement.
North Carolina voters on Tuesday approved an amendment that bans same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent.
Perdue had told a reporter at WITN television that the vote sent the wrong message about North Carolina.
“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 ‘50s and ’60s and ’70s," she said. "Folks are saying, what in the world is going in North Carolina? We look like Mississippi.”