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NC House Passes Gay Marriage Ban

NC House Passes Gay Marriage Ban
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House Republicans in North Carolina on Monday passed a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would codify a ban on same-sex marriage in the state. That the Republican leadership then did not allow for public comment or expert testimony on the ban has angered many.

Ten Democrats voted with nearly all House Republicans to pass the amendment in a 75-42 vote — above the three fifths needed to advance the measure. The amendment now goes before the senate where the same margin is needed to pass the legislation.

The amendment was moved at lightning speed, having first been approved by a House committee on a voice vote earlier the same day. The Republican leadership contended that a public debate wasn’t necessary because the issue will be going before voters anyway. Opposed Democratic legislators thought this showed underhanded tactics from the GOP leadership.

From CNN:

House Majority Leader Rep. Paul Stam, a Republican, told committee members he felt it was imperative they move to adopt the amendment.

“Things have changed in Iowa, California, New York, D.C. and Massachusetts,” Stam said. “We have now states with significant populations that are allowing same-sex marriages to be legitimized and entered into. The question then becomes, what happens when they come to North Carolina seeking divorce or equitable distribution?”

North Carolina Rep. Paul Luebke, a Democrat, said while he understood that Republicans want to move on the issue, he felt it was “reprehensible,” given such a high level of public interest, that the public would not have the chance to comment.

“Whether you (are) for this amendment or against it, it is a travesty we are not debating the measure” properly, Luebke said.

Luebke added that by pushing the proposed amendment along without the right process, the Legislature was wrongly moving to “specifically prohibit one group of citizens” without letting them have a say.

On the other hand, Rep. Charles Graham (D-Robeson) said he was happy with his “yes” vote because, he contended, he had to listen to the will of his constituents.

While North Carolina residents overwhelmingly support keeping their statutory ban on same-sex marriage, a new poll by Public Polling Policy (PPP) says that a majority would reject a constitutional amendment enshrining the state’s gay marriage ban if it also blocks same-sex couples from all legal recognition. Read more on that here.

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11:25AM PST on Jan 12, 2012

North Carolina stands on a precipice, much like an Olympic Athlete. Will they execute a heretofore unfamiliar but daring and flawless dive that puts them on the cutting edge and moves them forward, or will it be a safe return to basic moves learned and reinforced countless times?

11:16AM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Emmanuel (more like UnEmmanuel--no God with us) V:
I guess you would rather have human culling via wars.
All resources are limitted(petroleum for instance). We need NO MORE extra human lives on earth.

9:13AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Very sad. One step backwards in the road to progress. The ignorant and bigoted may have succeeded here, but they won't win the battle for gay marriage equality

7:04AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

That's too bad.

4:47AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Who are these people in North Carolina? Remind me never to go there - unless it is to hire me to spank the entire population into their senses. Oh William! There's one! Glad to see there are other N. Carolinians fighting your bigotry. But it saddens me to read that the people support this ban.

3:45PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

@Emanuel v.

Get you head out of your ass. Who do you think gives a lot of the straight peoples' children a chance for adoption? Hint a lot of gay people thats who. These kids just do not pop out of the air they were created by the straight people.

4:10PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

@Emanual V.....You are full of it. I guess sex using birth control isnt "REAL" sex either because reproduction will not happen there either. What a disgusting loser. Too bad your mother wasnt using birth control when she had sex and conceived you.

1:47PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Emanuel V., you are an idiot--or woefully misinformed, the two not being mutually exclusive. For anyone who is interested, Agenda 21 of the UN has NOTHING to do with homosexuality, abortion or Zionism--or indeed any of the right wing's paranoid fantasies. If Emanuel V. had taken the trouble to actually read Agenda 21, he would have learned that it deals with sustainable development, ecological and climate concerns, and full participation by such "subversive" groups as women and young people in deciding public policy. The full Agenda 21 can be read at http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_33.shtml.

I wish the Republicans--especially those in the NC General Assembly--could see themselves as many of their constituents see them. Like the national Republican Party, they gained office by claiming they could solve our financial problems, and as soon as they got into office, they starting getting into our bedrooms again. Sorry, GOP (Grandiose Obsolete Posturers), "barefoot and pregnant" won't solve NC's or the nation's problems, nor will putting gays back in the closet and/or out of work; and cutting taxes for millionaires won't either.

"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." Now that I'm jobless (long story short--too old, made too much money), I'll be spending the next 14 months registering voters who can think & making sure they get to the polls to vote you bastards out!

5:15AM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:53PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Consider the source.
What can you expect, from people who are godless, and pretend to be Christians?

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