- Kathryn Patterson
Freaky Friday News: April 13, 2017
North Carolina Not Banning Same Sex Marriage
"Um, neither is my state, so why is this news?" you ask.
Earlier this week, three conservative Republicans in the North Carolina House of Representative introduced House Bill 780, entitled "Uphold Historical Marriage Act". You can read it for yourself here. Basically, the bill states that the Supreme Court does not have the constitutional right to make same sex marriages legal and so North Carolina does not recognize the 2015 ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges, and that the state will neither perform same sex marriages nor recognize same sex marriages performed in other states.
But wait before you panic or get too upset. North Carolina House Speaker, Republican Tim Moore issued this statement:
There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard.In other words, the bill is dead on arrival.