North Carolina's first same-sex marriage takes place in Raleigh
News that the N.C General Assembly is talking about banning same-sex marriage is being met with derision across the country.
After reaction poured in throughout the day, however, House Speaker Tim Moore vowed Wednesday not to allow the proposed bill to move forward this session and it appeared the bill was dead.
Before that, many suggested that the proposed ban was proof N.C.’s repeal of the anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 was a ruse engineered to end sports boycotts of the state.
Here’s what they’re saying at news sites around the country
“It hasn't even been two weeks since the legislature green-lighted the fake HB 2 repeal and already some of our lawmakers are feeling antsy. Hold our Pepsi, Kendall Jenner. It's time to embarrass the state once again with homophobic legislation.”
“Among all of the pressing needs in this state, four lawmakers have chosen to spend time and energy on a bill that would call on North Carolina to resist the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage...Unless the General Assembly loses its mind, the bill shouldn’t go far but it does demonstrate how some lawmakers are hell-bent on taking the state backward...If they don’t believe in same-sex marriages they have every right not to marry anyone of the same sex...This bill is a distraction and an embarrassment. ”
“This bill...would run afoul of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling from 2015, but the fact that is was introduced two weeks after legislators repealed anti-LGBT HB2 (replacing it with a just-as-bad version) shows that anti-LGBT bias is alive and well and that the state is not fit to host NCAA events... This anti-same sex marriage bill is one sign that the HB2 repeal was just for show and that Republican lawmakers are as homophobic and transphobic as ever. The state should not be rewarded.”
“Will the bill pass? All signs currently point to no. If anything, the bill is a symbolic move in a state that’s been a hotbed of political debate over its so-called ‘bathroom bill,’ which advocates said violated LGBTQ rights.”
“If it were up to four white, Republican male lawmakers, same-sex marriage would be banned in North Carolina...It’s true that other states that have tried and failed to overstep the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage, but the possibility of litigation hasn’t been known to stop North Carolina legislators in the past.”
“The bill is unlikely to move forward. Two of the three legislators who sponsored HB780 also filed a bill earlier this year seeking to remove the provision from North Carolina’s constitution that would prevent the state from seceding.”
“Were the bill ever to become law, it would be declared unconstitutional, and the taxpayers in the State of North Carolina would have to pay court and attorneys fees, which easily could reach more than a million dollars...The good citizens of the Tar Heel State might want to ask their elected officials, whose salaries, expenses, and generous per-diems they pay, how they have time to engage in such hate-filled and dangerous excursions.”
“Disappointed that HB 2 has been repealed (not really) and the NCAA is no longer boycotting their state, and worried that they might lose the title of biggest state legislator a**holes in the country, North Carolina Republicans have introduced a bill that would outlaw same-sex marriage in North Carolina and refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.”
“The dust has barely settled since North Carolina partially repealed its controversial ‘bathroom bill,’...but lawmakers there are already proposing another bold new way to curb LGBTQ rights...In the past year, the state of North Carolina has become somewhat synonymous with LGBTQ discrimination.”