North Carolina Seeks to Defy Supreme Court, Introduces Bill to Ban Gay Marriage
Here We Go Again.
North Carolina lawmakers apparently have a short memory. In March 2016 when the North Carolina passed House Bill 2, which banned transgender people from using the identifying bathrooms, retribution was swift. There was not just public outcry but a clear line drawn in the sand from many businesses. Even the NBA pulled North Carolina’s ability to host the NBA All-Star game. Only days ago a compromise was reached on the controversial bill. Not to be one to back down from a fight, North Carolina is making an attempt at discrimination again. This time however, they seek to defy the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.
Four Republican lawmakers introduced House Bill 780 on Tuesday morning. The bill is called, “Uphold Historical Marriage Act”. The bill states that the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country “is null and void in the State of North Carolina.” Sponsors are arguing that the language used in the bill clearly states that “laws concerning marriage are for each state to establish and maintain severally and independently.”
Other states have also attempted to defy the Supreme Court ruling and have failed. One has to wonder if the reason North Carolina is trying this now is the recent appointment of Justice Gorsuch, who is a known conservative. However, it is hard to see the Supreme Court backtracking on this one, if the bill makes it to the state house floor at all.
Condemnation begins quickly.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, blasted the bill saying, “This bill is wrong,” he tweeted. “We need more LGBT protections, not fewer.”
The bill’s sponsors are Republican Reps. Larry Pittman of Concord, Michael Speciale of New Bern, Carl Ford of Rowan County and Mike Clampitt of Bryson City.
Wake County Commissioner John Burns also criticized the bill. “Pittman and Speciale are embarrassments to the State of North Carolina and should be shunned from public life,” he tweeted.
Should the bill become law, North Carolina can expect much of the same reaction as when House Bill 2 was passed. One has to wonder just how much conservative lawmakers in the state like being boycotted.