Bil Browning

NC House Passes Marriage Amendment

Filed By Bil Browning | September 13, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Indiana, marriage amendment, marriage equality, Minnesota, North Carolina, same-sex marriage

North Carolina joins Minnesota and Indiana in the race to the bottom. Fearing that the Tarheel state will be known in the future as the only southern state not to embrace bigotry and discrimination, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage 270px-Map_of_USA_NC.svg.pngand civil unions on a vote of 75-42.

Unlike the Hoosier state, Democrat politicians stood up in droves to fight the amendment. Back in my home state, Minority Leader Pat Bauer - who won an award by the ICLU for his "courage" in defeating the amendment while he was Speaker of the House - voted in favor of the proposed amendment. The North Carolina Democratic Party Chair also forcefully opposed the amendment while Indiana's party chair allows anti-marriage equality mailings to be sent in the party's name to voters.

Debate on the House floor started shortly after 2:30 p.m. on MOnday. The majority of speakers throughout debate were Democrats opposed to the measure.
Asheville's Susan Fischer warned her colleagues that history would judge them harshly. "In the not too distant future we will be apologizing yet again for more unfair and discriminatory practices," she said, citing the state's past history of civil rights abuses.

In all three states, polling has shown that most voters don't support the amendments. In North Carolina as in Indiana, large corporations and small businesses alike stood up against the legislation, but the GOP proved yet again that discriminating against LGBT people is a higher priority than pleasing their corporate masters.

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Angela Brightfeather | September 13, 2011 11:47 AM

It's a sad day here in North Carolina for GLBT people.
Now we have to marshall our forces to fight and waste our money to defeat bigots, again. The next year will be a tough one and full of contention and lies about who we are how we want to live. I'm not looking forward to it at all.

What's next...state laws prohibiting interracial marriage, marriage with a sterile partner, marriage between people of two different religious faiths, marriage between two people who love each other? Oh...wait, North Carolina's already working on that last one.

Angela Brightfeather | September 13, 2011 11:30 PM

As we stumble into 2012 here in North Carolina, we will face all the same arguments that were faced in California, New York and Mass., but with one big difference. The religious right doesn't have to spend a dime here to win the amendment. All they have to do is to send out emails to every priest, minister, parson and cleric and the vast majority of people in North Carolina will be assailed with fire and brimstone, promises of damnnation and condemnation if they don't vote for the amendment to restrict marriage.

I doubt that anyone will be able to withstand the weekly barrage from the far right, sent directly from every pulpit in this state. A huge and collective sigh of releif is coming from the Republicans now, because with this one vote they have won the state from President Obama by providing the cernterpiece for the voters to come out and excercise their "holy" right to prove how discriminatory they really can be. It's a chance in lifetime for righters to kill two birds with one stone in 2012 and I sense they smell the blood.

I will be hugely surprised if the general vote in 2012 does not almost exactly reflect the vote in the legislature, which I thought would be much closerr than it actually was.

jill.gaulding | September 14, 2011 1:25 PM

Here in Minnesota, we're working hard to ensure this is not a race to the bottom. More like a U-turn, if we can be the first state to reject a discriminatory ballot initiative. Check out the Minnesotans United for All Families site to get info re the campaign to defeat the initiative.

We already got to be first in WA state for Ref. 71, sorry Jill ;)