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With the passage of Amendment One, some tourists vote to take their money elsewhere

Tuesday’s passage of the constitutional amendment defining marriage in North Carolina may have the impact of a hurricane hitting the state at the start of the summer tourism season. [1]

The Outer Banks Voice [2] reports that the Chamber of Commerce has fielded numerous, angry calls and e-mails from longtime vacationers who say they have made their last trip to the state:

“After a tough fall and winter of dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, discussions over ferry taxes, beach closures, beach driving permits, game fish regulations, state budget cuts to our local attractions, and even challenges with building the bridges and road structures we need, this is just another challenge at a difficult time for one of the few remaining strong industries in our state,” said OBX Chamber vice president for media relations Angie Brady-Daniels.

Reporter Sam Walker also details a handful of emails that have been sent to The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce this week. Here’s one that no one in the tourism industry wants to read:

”This email is so you know why we’re boycotting your state. We will also no longer do any furniture shopping in High Point. We will no longer charter fishing boats for blues. Your state no longer exists for us.”

You can read the full article here [3].