Well, this is sure to get people talking about North Carolina and gender issues, again.
Four conservative lawmakers slipped in a bill just before the deadline for the legislative long session ended.
House Bill 780 is titled “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” and is sponsored by some of the House’s most conservative legislators.
Republican Reps. Larry Pittman of Concord, Michael Speciale of New Bern and Carl Ford of China Grove say in their proposed legislation that the U.S. Constitution’s states-rights amendment allows North Carolina to decide for itself what its marriage laws should be.
The bill states that the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country “is null and void in the State of North Carolina.”
Pretty bold move, actually. No one has really challenged the 2015 ruling, and it brings up an interesting debate on states-rights versus federal government overreach.
The bill quotes the Christian Bible and said the ruling “exceeds the authority of the court relative to 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) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history.”
We know how bills with a religious base are treated, these days.
The bill would order state government to return to the constitutional amendment known as Amendment One, which was approved in a 2012 voter referendum.
Other states that have tried to defy the Supreme Court have failed.
It’s almost as if our government has discarded the Tenth Amendment, which states that anything not enumerated anywhere else in the Constitution rolls over to the states to decide.
In 2015, the Supreme Court twisted the meaning of “rights” to include marriage and five people made the decision for the entire nation.
Of course, the same people who want to force little girls to go to the bathroom beside men are dragging out those same arguments.
“The majority of North Carolinians feel like, who am I to judge? If 2 people love each other and want to honor that commitment, that’s something society should be in favor of,” Ames Simmons of Equality NC told ABC11 on Tuesday.
Just a question for Ames Simmons: If the majority of North Carolinians are for gay marriage, then why did the majority of North Carolinians vote in favor of having marriage defined as between one man and one woman in 2012? It took federal government overreach to change that.
In fact, I worked at the polls during the election that had Amendment One on the ballot. I was also working in one of the most heavily Democratic precincts in the county. The people coming in, whether Republican, Democrat, or unaffiliated were on fire for this referendum, and they absolutely, across party lines, wanted this Amendment added to our state constitution.
It would seem to me that Simmons should correct his statement to say: “The majority of the people I hang out with are in favor of gay marriage,” because that’s just not how reality played out for the majority of North Carolinians, when given the chance to vote on the issue in the state.
How far HB780 will actually get is questionable. It may have simply been an act on those lawmakers’ part to bring attention to the issue.
It may have been a legitimate stand on faith and principle.
They’re out for Easter vacation now, but the gay mafia are sure to bring this back up when lawmakers return and begin deliberating over proposed bills, again. After the long, hard struggle with HB2, they’re unlikely to want to take up another fight for social causes, at this time.
Even if the social cause is just and has more than just surface impact on how our nation is being governed.