If House Republicans try to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a controversial marriage bill, they’ll have to do without at least two Mecklenburg County Republicans.
Reps. Charles Jeter of Huntersville and John Bradford of Cornelius were two of the four Republicans who voted against the bill that would allow magistrates and other officials to opt out of taking part in marriages for religious reasons. Both plan to vote against any attempt to override McCrory’s veto.
“People have a responsibility to provide the government services they’re obligated to provide,” Jeter said Tuesday, adding that the bill could “open a Pandora’s Box of unintended consequences.”
The bill passed the House 67-43. An override attempt needs three-fifths of those voting. That’s 72 votes if all 120 members are present. But at least six members are absent this week.
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Bradford said he’s “standing with the governor.”
Charlotte Republican Rep. Dan Bishop, who supported the bill last week, is leaning toward doing the same again, though he said he could change his mind.
House Speaker Tim Moore of Kings Mountain said that although the override vote is scheduled for Wednesday, that could change.
“We want to make sure we get as many folks here as possible,” he said.