Wednesday, April 12, 2017

North Carolina GOP Bill Seeks to Ban Gay Marriage

Not content with the economic damage wrought to North Carolina's economy wrought by HB2 and now it's fake repeal, North Carolina Republicans are pushing a bill that would outlaw same sex marriage and without a doubt bring much more negative coverage - both nationally and internationally - to North Carolina.  Since the Republican Party has taken control of the state legislature, the state which was once know as being moderate and pro-business has become a veritable insane asylum.  Here are excerpts from The New Civil Rights Movement on this latest bastshitery:
22 months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, North Carolina Republican lawmakers have filed a bill nullifying all marriages between people of the same-sex. The bill, which is unconstitutional, falsely invokes the 10th Amendment and claims the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over marriage. It also falsely claims the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the Christian Bible.
The "Uphold Historical Marriage Act," known as HB780, says, "the ruling of the United States Supreme Court not only exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the State of North Carolina and a vote of the People of the State on an issue pertaining solely to the State of North Carolina and the People of North Carolina but also exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the decree of Almighty God."
It then quotes Genesis 2:24, "a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."
HB780 "declares that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision of the United States Supreme Court of 2015 is null and void in the State of North Carolina." It also declares that marriages "whether created by common law, contracted, or performed outside of North Carolina, between individuals of the same gender are not valid in North Carolina."  
The bill's primary sponsors are . . . . . . Rep. Larry Pittman, Rep. Michael Speciale, and Rep. Carl Ford.
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.

If there is any good news in this, it is the fact that Virginia will likely gain more business from companies avoiding North Carolina - especially if Democrats win a clean sweep in November's state wide elections. 

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