North Carolina wants to ban gay marriage

Republican state lawmakers in North Carolina are proposing a bill that would ban gay marriage in the state, according to a local CBS affiliate report Tuesday.

North Carolina state Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford, all Republicans, are the primary sponsors of the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act.”

The bill says that the U.S. Supreme Court “overstepped its constitutional bounds” in the 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. In the decision, the justices struck down “Amendment One” in North Carolina’s state constitution, which prohibited the state from recognizing or performing marriages or civil unions for same-sex couples.

The document, which has since been posted online, argues that a majority of the state’s voters—61 percent—had supported the Marriage Amendment of 2012 which WNCN explains “prohibited North Carolina from recognizing or performing same-sex marriages or civil unions.”

“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized,” according to Amendment One.

The bill also accuses the highest court of violating “the decree of Almighty God that “a man shall leave his father and his mother and is united to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24, ESV).”

If passed, N.C. House bill 780 would void the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage in the Tar Heel state. Same-sex marriages already officiated both in an out of state will reportedly not be valid under the bill.

The state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, has since spoken out about the proposed legislation, tweeting, “This bill is wrong. We need more LGBT protections, not fewer.”

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