North Carolina bill seeks to ban gay marriage

North Carolina bill seeks to ban gay marriage

North Carolina bill seeks to ban gay marriage

As local CBS affiliate WNCN reported Tuesday, three Republican men introduced a bill that aims to declare all same-sex marriages in the Tar Heel State null and void.

House Bill 780 is being called the "Uphold Historical Marriage Act" and, if passed, would cause the state to defy the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court in favor of restoring the laws on marriage to their former, exclusionary, form.

Representatives Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus) and Carl Ford (R-Rowan) have joined Rep. Michael Speciale (R-New Bern) in filing H.B. The target this time is same-sex marriage. "In 2015, the court ruled to "[require] a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State." H.B.

The bill would order state government to return to the constitutional amendment known as Amendment One, which was approved in a 2012 voter referendum. Upholding the United States and NC Constitutions means demanding that laws and court rulings do not contradict the very Constitutions we are obligated to uphold. Officials in Charlotte, the state's biggest city, estimated almost $100 million was lost when the National Basketball Association moved its 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans.

"This bill is wrong", Cooper wrote.

The sponsors of the bill feel the Supreme Court overstepped its constitutional authority in 2015 when it ruled bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

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Sarah Gillooly, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, told WRAL that the bill is a "half-baked" legal theory.

Governor Roy Cooper tweeted Wednesday saying "We need more LGBT protections, not fewer".

"This is a payback bill from people who supported House Bill 2", said Rep. Graig Meyer, D.

The state has suffered severe backlash and boycotts because of the law.

Last September, the ACC announced that it was relocating any championship events that were scheduled to take place in North Carolina in the 2016-17 season.

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