North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue is urging voters to reject a proposed constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage in the state.

The 65-year-old Perdue on Thursday released a video on YouTube in which the Democrat said that the amendment, if approved on May 8, could hurt families and businesses in the state.

“Amendment One is a proposed constitutional amendment that could harm families and businesses across North Carolina,” Perdue said in the video.

“Whatever your personal, moral, religious views may be, writing discrimination into North Carolina's Constitution is just plain wrong.”

“It would ban the state from recognizing civil unions, strip away domestic partner benefits, and it actually could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples in this state. The amendment could also harm children, because some children of unmarried parents could lose their health care and their prescription drug coverage.”

“Our constitution was written to guarantee rights, not to take them away,” Perdue said in closing. “So, on May 8 I'll be casting my vote against Amendment One. I hope you will join me and do the same.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Prop 8 Supporter David Blankenhorn opposes North Carolina gay marriage ban.)