GREENSBORO, NC (WBTV) - Something unexpected happened on the way to North Carolina's vote this May on banning same-sex marriage.
The constitutional amendment, if approved, would make North Carolina the last state in the Southeast to ban gay marriage.
Already the state defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Supporters say it would help the state against legal challenges from same-sex couples who've been able to get married in other states.
Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue unexpectedly announced last Thursday that she won't seek re-election. That means more Democrats could turn out to the polls for the May 8 primary to pick a new candidate for governor.
Before that, mostly Republicans were expected to show up to pick their candidates for governor and president. They were expected to approve the ban.