President Barack Obama's reelection campaign has expressed disappointment that voters in North Carolina approved Amendment One, which bans gay and lesbian couples from marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

Obama's North Carolina spokesman Cameron French said in a statement released Tuesday that the president is “disappointed” by the outcome.

“The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,” French said.

“He believes the North Carolina measure singles out and discriminates against committed gay and lesbian couples, which is why he did not support it. President Obama has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples and is disappointed in the passage of this amendment.”

After Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday said that he is “absolutely comfortable” with gay couples marrying, Obama has faced renewed questions about his stance on the issue. The president has said he is opposed to gay marriage but also to bans against it.

Voters in the state approved the measure on Tuesday.