North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue announced on Friday she'll vote against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state, the AP reported.

Voters in May will decide whether to bar the state from legalizing marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples.

Perdue, a 64-year-old Democrat, said she's opposed to allowing such unions but added that the economy must take precedence over social issues.

Referring to her 1996 vote in the state Senate in favor of a law banning gay marriage, Perdue said, “I continue to support that law today.”

“But I'm going to vote against the amendment because I cannot in good conscience look an unemployed man or woman in the eye and tell them that this amendment is more important than finding them a job.”

“Right now, my focus, the General Assembly's focus, and North Carolina's focus needs to be on creating jobs,” Perdue added.

Perdue is the latest high-profile elected official to come out against the amendment. Last week, North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, a conservative Republican and tea party favorite, said the amendment was too aggressive.

(Related: Majority oppose North Carolina gay marriage ban amendment.)