North Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Same-Sex Marriage
by Brooke Sopelsa, NBC:
Just two weeks after repealing and replacing its controversial and costly HB2 “bathroom bill,” North Carolina lawmakers have introduced legislation that seeks to invalidate same-sex marriages in the Tar Heel state.
“Marriages, whether created by common law, contracted, or performed outside of North Carolina, between individuals of the same gender are not valid in North Carolina,” House Bill 780 states.
The Republican-sponsored bill, titled the Uphold Historical Marriage Act, asserts the U.S. Supreme Court “overstepped its constitutional bounds” when it struck down North Carolina’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
“The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina declares 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 reads.
Rep. Deb Butler, one of the only openly LGBTQ lawmakers in the North Carolina General Assembly, called the legislation “despicable.”