Singer Clay Aiken has come out against a proposed constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage in North Carolina.

Voters will decide on the measure during North Carolina's May 8 presidential primary.

If approved, the amendment would bar North Carolina from recognizing the relationships of gay and lesbian couples with marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

The former American Idol contestant said the amendment went too far in a video posted to YouTube on Monday.

“Families look different. They have always looked different. You have single-parent families, families with parents of different races, families with parents of different religions. No matter what we want a family to look like, we can't put into a constitution – a document that is supposed to protect our rights – one narrow definition. I think an amendment like this goes way too far.”

The openly gay Aiken, who became a father in 2008 with the birth of his son Parker, added that the amendment would hurt kids.

“It will take away protections from kids who, right now, may have access to healthcare because one of their parents has healthcare at work,” Aiken said. “It will take away some of those protections from kids.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)