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North Carolina Lawmakers Rip Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Before Measure is Passed: VIDEO

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Here's a set of clips via Progressive Pulse of lawmakers speaking out yesterday against the measure that was passed without public debate putting an amendment constitutionally banning same-sex marriage before voters in May 2012.

Flag_nc Rep. Paul Luebke scolds lawmakers for not allowing any public debate. Rep. Susan Fisher talks about the marginalization of individuals who want equality. Rep. Ray Rapp says the business community does not like it when culture wars are unleashed.

Rep. Pricey Harrison weeps talking about her lesbian sister - "What kind of signal are we sending her?"

Rep. Rick Glazer says we seek to amend the constitutution because of our fear, and warns of what the amendment will do.

Rep. Deborah Ross lets go: "The next generation does not view this the way that you do. The next generation is more open, more loving, more tolerant. I frankly trust the next generation more than I trust my elders."

Rep. Diane Parfitt: "How shameful that the day after the tenth annivesary of the tragedy of 9/11 we are even considering an amendment...that takes away rights from our fellow men and women."

Rep. Alma Adams talks about her two marriages and how the bill discriminates. Rep. Larry Hall seems to claim that there are closeted lawmakers in the chamber that won't speak up about it.

Rep, Verla Insko notes the many gay couples in her church and says God accepts them the way they are, adding "Why can't we."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Rep. Pricey Harrison weeps talking about her lesbian sister - "What kind of signal are we sending her?"

    ^ I'm pretty certain she said that line after she mentioned that her and her partner were raising a 4-year old daughter. She is asking what kind of message they are sending to her by not letting her parents be married.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 13, 2011 9:21:18 AM


  2. The entire Republican party absolutely sucks! You are all a bunch of hoary, dumb, embarrassing throwbacks, and are useless masses, and deserve ferocious scrutiny. Get a god-damn life, you sexless, pious, Christianist slobs!

    Posted by: FlexSF | Sep 13, 2011 9:34:11 AM


  3. Was anyone at all surprised in any way that this passed?

    I wasn't.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Sep 13, 2011 10:18:59 AM


  4. North Uganda-lina

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Sep 13, 2011 10:50:33 AM


  5. The most disappointing thing of all is that none of the white Democrats who spoke appeared, from their accents, to be native North Carolinians or native Southerners. I was glad to see a couple of African-Americans, at least, speak out against it. I am afraid, though, that it may take more than another generation to realize change in the South--and in much of the Heartland, without some action on the part of the Supreme Court, given how intransigent opinions seem to be among much of the populace.

    Posted by: RIck | Sep 13, 2011 10:59:44 AM


  6. For @Rick and @Jason

    Did either of you notice anything in particular about which gender/sex was predominant in speaking out against this stupid amendment?

    But...women never do anything helpful or productive. We're just jealous, catty bitches all of us.

    It's those big, brawny heterosexual male construction workers and cowboys that are pro gay rights and sooooo supportive.

    **cough cough**

    Posted by: Rin | Sep 13, 2011 11:00:15 AM


  7. This doesn't show even half of the people who spoke out against the bill.

    There were many many blacks. Almost all natives, Rick (though I think the woman who speaks here may have been the screenwriter who could live anywhere). And many women. And all Democrats.

    These are our allies.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Sep 13, 2011 12:31:12 PM


  8. This doesn't show even half of the people who spoke out against the bill.

    There were many many blacks. Almost all natives, Rick (though I think the woman who speaks here may have been the screenwriter who could live anywhere). And many women. And all Democrats.

    These are our allies.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Sep 13, 2011 12:31:12 PM


  9. The last comment was awesome if you are God believing. Whether you are or not. The message is the same. Accept people who they are and do not pass judgment. You do not have the authority to judge.

    Posted by: Dale | Sep 13, 2011 12:41:40 PM


  10. another example of the repuks putting hate into law. they are all members of the good old boys club. how long before a couple of them get caught toe tapping in was implied in one of the speakers comment about there are gays in the assembly but not able to stand up because they are closeted, boycott north carolina and its companies.

    Posted by: walter | Sep 13, 2011 1:11:53 PM


  11. I live in NC and am proud of my state. I am mad as hell that the radiacal fringe has tainted and painted all of NC as the backwards thinkers they are. We are not. I know most of the members of our General Assembly as people. Fear was the force that made this happen. NC's queer citizens will organize and show these folks we are not silent and we will not be silenced by their bigotry. NC is far more fabulously purple than many could ever imagine!

    Posted by: jack register | Sep 14, 2011 12:19:33 PM


  12. @Dane: I actually hate that line, "Who am I to judge? That's God's job" because it implies that being gay is something that WILL BE JUDGED LATER BY GOD.

    And it's not.

    How about a simple, "It's not wrong. It's a perfectly naturally occuring form of human sexuality and it hurts no one"?

    Posted by: redball | Sep 16, 2011 4:28:15 PM


  13. Here is a poem I just finished entitled: WHAT GOD DID FOR ME - (homosexuality from the heart)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjSR9wJonJM

    This is the older poem - This needs to be said.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5sYiUla80s

    These are very important videos for this age of confusion and sexual blindness.

    It helps reveal a much needed Truth.

    God Bless you my friend,

    In Christ Who Is My Life,


    Gary Lee

    Gary Lee Myers - TPOT
    The Poet of Truth

    Posted by: Gary Lee Myers | Oct 5, 2011 2:12:41 PM


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