North Carolina House Bill Seeks To Deny Same-Sex Marriage

Calvin Saunders
April 13, 2017

A day after North Carolina lawmakers introduced legislation that would outlaw same-sex marriage and defy a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a top Republican there said Wednesday that the bill is dead on arrival.

"...the United States Supreme Court overstepped its constitutional bounds when it struck down Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution in its Obergefell v. Hodges decision of 2015..." H.B.

Sponsors of the bill include Representatives Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, Carl Ford and Mike Clampitt.

The state's Democratic Governor Roy Cooper wrote: "This bill is wrong".

Nationwide, polls show support for same-sex marriage has increased in recent years. It would reinstate the state's constitutional amendment, limiting marriage to between one man and one woman, approved in 2012 by voter referendum. In the past, attempts to overturn the Supreme Court's decision have all been unsuccessful, so many are estimating that there's no way that this bill will pass.

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And yet, here comes the Tar Heel state ― North Carolina is trying to ban same-sex marriage again, because apparently the state that brought us the anti-trans House Bill 2 is anxious about looking too humane.

The bill says the legislature has "the final authority" on UNC system schools' membership status in athletic conferences. 'We need more LGBT protections, not fewer'. Sarah Gillooly, policy director for the North Carolina ACLU, called SB 780 a "half-baked legal theor [y]", and pointed out that marriage equality is "the law of the land in North Carolina and the entire nation". The bill quoted the Bible and said the Supreme Court's ruling is "null and void" in North Carolina.

In other words, if the ACC boycotts North Carolina again due to its discriminatory laws, the ACC would lose two of its biggest schools, the University of North Carolina and N.C. State.

North Carolina just seems to want to dig themselves a hole that is even deeper I guess.

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