House GOP leaders press NC gay marriage amendment

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Submitted: Tue, 08/30/2011 - 5:50pm
Updated: Tue, 08/30/2011 - 5:52pm

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republican leaders in the North Carolina House say it’s time for lawmakers to let the people decide whether to place a gay marriage ban in the state constitution.

House Majority Leader Paul Stam and Speaker Pro Tempore Dale Folwell led a news conference Tuesday explaining reasons why the General Assembly should place a constitutional question on the ballot in November 2012. The Legislature returns to consider amendments in a session that resumes in two weeks.

State law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but Stam says the amendment would protect the law from legal challenges.

Alex Miller with the gay rights group Equality North Carolina says it’s shameful for lawmakers to put a question on the ballot that would damage the rights of a few people.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


  • Guest says:

    “Alex Miller with the gay rights group Equality North Carolina says it’s shameful for lawmakers to put a question on the ballot that would damage the rights of a few people.”

    He knows the majority of North Carolinians will vote for a gay marriage ban in the constitution. He doesn’t want it to be voted on because they would lose.

  • Guest Apu says:

    That’s because the GOP are experts at hypocrisy. They constantly say that they want less government interference, smaller government, etc. In other words, they want to make sure the rich stay rich. And honestly, I can’t blame them for that. Who here would really want government to take a larger share of your paycheck?

    But all the while, they want to create more government regulations when it suits them, usually in cases that fire up their “conservative Christian” base of support. I’m talking about issues like gay marriage and abortion. In these cases, they want to push their morals and religious views on everyone else through additional legislation.

    Can’t have it both ways, boys. Either you want government to stay out of your affairs or you don’t. Make up your minds.

  • Charles Walters says:

    Why don’t you people of the GOP take your moral minority Jerry Fartwell crap out of private matters and out of peoples bed rooms. No church runs our government and they have no business in government matters. Who cares these days if they want to get married, this country and the state of N.C. have bigger fish to fry than this crap. No jobs, people going hungry, crime issues, crappy schools, all come before before such trivial things such as who can get married.

  • Guest says:

    My partner and I just returned from NYC where were were legally married…..too bad the state of NC isn’t as open to the idea that gay people are humans and have every right to pursue happiness.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    We need an amendment to insure that nothing similar to Kelo v City of New London can happen here, because rest assured that it WILL happen here before too long. I can just picture Wilmington condemning Pine Valley because they want to build a NASCAR track that will provide 47,837 jobs. (Using Saffomath, of course)

  • robo says:

    Good idea. Let the people decide this issue.

  • Guest says:

    All this from a state that still recognizes alienation of affections and criminal conversation. Who cares who people want to marry or why they want to divorce it’s their choice, but if gay marriage is going to be put on the ballot so should the removal of alienation of affections and criminal conversation from the law books. Your right it’s time that NC get with the times and that means across the board!

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