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NC Gay Marriage Ban Destined for Special Session

NC Gay Marriage Ban Destined for Special Session

 

North Carolina lawmakers appear to be lining up a vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage for the fall special session.

With the Senate having already approved the amendment, House lawmakers had hinted they would take up ban during the final days of the legislative session last week, however a vote never materialized. Now it appears all constitutional amendments for the 2012 ballot will be voted on during the fall special session.

From On Top Magazine:

House speaker Thom Tillis earlier told the Citizen-Times that he believes the House will approve the amendment and send it to voters for their approval in 2012.

The proposed legislation was introduced in the Senate in February and in the House in April.

The Senate version explicitly bans other unions in addition to marriage, which might include civil unions and domestic partnerships, but the House version only covers marriage. Gay rights activists worry that the Senate version could outlaw domestic partner benefits currently offered by private sector employers.

North Carolina already has a statutory ban on same-sex marriage, but the state’s GOP contends that it is necessary to enshrine the ban in the constitution to prevent court intervention.

Three-fifths of the state General Assembly and Senate are required to approve the amendment. With both chambers under Republican control the votes are thought to be present. Democratic governor Bev Perdue cannot veto the amendment either.

While statisticians have predicted the public is likely to pass a same-sex marriage ban should they be given a chance, the level of resistance to the ban seems to have caught North Carolina’s GOP off-guard. In fact, Durham council recently passed a resolution formally opposing the move.

Equality NC has led a campaign against House Bill 777 and Senate Bill 106, mailing lawmakers around the clock last week when it appeared lawmakers in the General Assembly were poised to take up the amendment. An article on Equality NC’s website indicates that they will continue to press lawmakers in the run-up to the fall legislative session.

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10:26AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:33PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

I'm from WV and live in NC now, and I cannot believe this is still and issue. Of course gay people should have the right to marry. I do believe that my generation will easily pass same sex marriage, but it's unfortunate that people who love each other should have to wait years for the right.

2:24PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

In order to be a homophobe it has to occupy a significant part of your brain, and this means that homophobes are thinking about men/women rubbing penises/vaginas together in a 24/7 gay porno. That’s an awful lot of gay thoughts for supposedly straight people who hate gays. I bet even gay people don’t think about gay stuff as much as homophobes do.

Homophobes (aka Anti-Gay Movement) are not protesting against bestiality, pedophilia (with/without a priest involved), rape, sexual exploitation, or any other form of non-consensual sexual act in which a victim is forced against their will to participate

The Homophobes are protesting a private sexual act being performed by two consenting adults.

HOMOPHOBE = I DON’T LIKE GAY (SUPPOSEDLY) THEREFORE NO ONE SHOULD BE GAY.

Homophobes = fighting for the right to control other peoples behavior

Homosexuals = fighting for the right to control their own behavior.

2:19PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Bigots and jerks. Where do they all come from? Did they emerge recently? Are they endemic? A threatened species? Or a minority in a minority? Could PBS please do a nature show on these categories and show the rest of us how they come to be who they are?

4:32PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Thank you, Lord God, for all the prayers Your people are offering up to you as this event proceeds. May the ending of this matter be in accordance with your design for us. Amen!

5:03PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Are there 2 gods for the Christians, one of which I am familiar and the other a bigot? One who hates homosexuals, hates black presidents, (all blacks, actually) hates Muslims, Jews, anyone of a different religion, hates women's rights, hates most ethnic groups but loves white men, loves subservient women, and money?

Oh yeah..I think he 'spoke to and gave revelations' to the KKK...and by his supreme holiness is still muttering hatred to the righteous wing nuts to this day. Could the God of sweet caring and love of ALL things please stand up. We need you to step in front of this other god, and tell him to knock it off.

4:37PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Being from NC, this is what happens when 100+ years of Democratic reign goes down the drain: rights of everyone but rich white men also go down the drain. Unless, of course, you are a rich white Democrat, in that case you probably have been investigated for corruption by the new Republican State Congress....

3:24PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

"First they came…" is a famous statement attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. There is some disagreement over the exact wording of the quotation and when it was created; indeed, the content of the quotation may have been presented differently by Niemöller on different occasions.

2:31PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

I say again, this can not be resolved at the States' leves any more than the Civil Right Act of 1964 could have. It is a waste of time and money.

11:08AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Dawid B...
I see you are a bigoted slug too...

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