Republicans in North Carolina have decided to pick a fight with the United State Supreme Court on gay marriage. House Republicans Carl Ford, Larry G. Pittman, and Michael Speciale have introduced House Bill 780 also known as, “The Uphold Historical Marriage Act” that seeks to:
Declare that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision of the United States Supreme Court of 2015 is 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 attempts to nullify the United State Supreme Court by reminding them that 61% of NC voters voted for “the Marriage Amendment of 2012” and claims that the ruling violated “constitutional bounds” when the Court dismantled it.
The Bill ups the ante by quoting the Bible during its argument:
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)
Elon University Political Science professor Dr. Jason Husser was interviewed asking if the bill would even be considered enforceable since that particular ruling comes from the highest court in the land.
“If this piece of legislation passed, it would immediately be ruled unconstitutional, it would never actually have the force of law. Many states have unconstitutional laws on their books, they don’t really bother to remove them a lot of times because once they’re unconstitutional, Attorneys General don’t enforce them, neither do prosecutors.”
If the bill passes, it would make same-sex marriage illegal in North Carolina and will restore the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages and civil unions.
As a North Carolinian, I believe we have higher priorities right now like how teacher pay ranks 41st in the nation. I mean, we know we have Trump as President at the moment but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here boys…
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