If you thought the special session of the North Carolina legislature would focus on assisting those devastated by the recent hurricane or address record unemployment, think again. Republicans have no interest in actually tackling those issues.
Following in the footsteps of the House of Representative's vote yesterday in favor a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, the North Carolina Senate has passed the legislation as well. The measure will now be voted on by the general population during the May 2012 primary election as supporters try to sneak it past the average voter by putting it on the ballot when turnout is expected to be low.
Members of the North Carolina Senate barely passed a motion to place an anti-LGBT constitutional amendment on the ballot in May 2012. The body began debate shortly after noon and ended at 1:22 p.m. The final vote tally, 30-16, barely met the three-fifths majority needed for the measure to pass. The measure gained prior approval in the state's House on Monday.
Opening debate, primary sponsor Sen. James Forrester (R-Gaston) said he was thankful to get the opportunity to hear his bill.
"This is the eighth year I put in this bill," Forrester said. "The bill never had a hearing. I'm very happy to have this bill before us at the time."
Forrester said the amendment was intended to defend the "an institution in our society based upon the complementary male and female loin."
Yes, that's right. Republican marriages aren't based on love. They're based on sex and genitals.