The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has congratulated the North Carolina Legislature for approving a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state and sending it to voters for their approval next May.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved the amendment after less than two hours of debate, a day after the House gave its approval. All together, lawmakers spent less than six hours debating the issue and blocked the public from commenting on the proposed legislation.

“Congratulations to the people of North Carolina!” NOM President Brian Brown wrote Tuesday in a blog post in which he pledged his group's support toward the effort to approve the ban.

“The big lie in politics is that the marriage fight is over. But this vote proves once again the pundits are wrong, the people want the right to decide the future of marriage. NOM reached out to more than 100,000 North Carolinians in the last few days, making sure they told their representatives they want the right to vote for marriage,” Brown said.

“Congratulations to each and every North Carolinian voter for this big win,” he added.