CHARLOTTE (USA Today) -- There might be anger in some quarters over North Carolina's passage of a constitutional ban on gay marriage, but it's not going to cause Democrats to move their national convention out of Charlotte.
More than 26,000 people have signed a petition on change.org to move the Democratic National Convention out of the Tar Heel State. The petition was started by Gay Marriage USA, a New York-based advocacy group, according to a Charlotte Observer story.
"The convention is staying in Charlotte," Kristie Greco, communications director for the Democratic National Convention Committee, told Politico.
President Obama, who announced yesterday that he believes same-sex marriage should be legal, was opposed to the North Carolina amendment.
North Carolina already banned same-sex marriages before Tuesday's vote on Amendment One, which defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, issued a statement after the North Carolina vote saying "it was very disappointing."
Democrats will meet Sept. 3-7 in Charlotte to renominate Obama.