Republicans just can’t get over the whole gay-people-have-rights-too thing.
On Tuesday, four North Carolina Republicans filed a bill to reinstate the state constitution’s gay marriage ban.
The “Uphold Historical Marriage Act” (HB 780) would allow North Carolina to defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2015 that legalized gay marriage nationwide.
“The bill says that the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage will be “null and void in the State of North Carolina, and that the State of North Carolina shall henceforth uphold and enforce Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution, the opinion and objection of the United States Supreme Court notwithstanding.”
The bill also quotes the Bible, saying the ruling “exceeds the authority of the court relative to the decree of Almighty God that ‘a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history.””
The House Republicans who filed the anti-gay bill include:
- Larry Pittman of Concord
- Michael Speciale of New Bern
- Carl Ford of Rowan County
- Mike Clampitt of Bryson City
Democratic Governor Roy Cooper tweeted about the bill.
This bill is wrong. We need more LGBT protections, not fewer. – RC https://t.co/o5niNU9Ly7
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) April 11, 2017
Clearly Governor Cooper will never sign this ridiculous discriminatory bill. But Republicans can never pass up the opportunity to be assholes.