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North Carolina House Passes Constitutional Amendment Banning Recognition of Any Same-Sex Union

After swiftly pushing the measure through a House Rules Committee and on to the floor, the North Carolina House today passed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to ban marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships and other relationship recognition for same-sex couples on the May 2012 ballot, Q Notes reports:

Flag_nc The newest version of the amendment, SB 514, moves the ballot date from November 2012 to the primary election in May 2012. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) said the date change was a way to “remove politics” from the issue.

“What we’re trying to do is respect the concerns of some who felt like this was purely politically-motivated,” Tillis said at the press conference. “I decided, consulting with a number of people, and we decided that this was the most acceptable form. It was a discussion that involved both chambers. There are some members who were inclined to support the bill and did feel like political considerations were an issue that might cause them not to vote for something they would otherwise support.”

GOP leaders had come under fire for placing the amendment on the ballot during next year’s presidential elections. Critics said they were merely attempting to increase conservative voter turnout.

A Senate committee is expected to take up the measure quickly, and it is expected to pass.

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  1. Will somebody post the names of the Democratic state senators who voted for the amendment, so that we can call their offices and indicate that we will be making financial contributions to help unseat them during the next election cycle?

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 12, 2011 6:42:06 PM

  2. Hateful.

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 12, 2011 6:47:44 PM

  3. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with bigotry.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Sep 12, 2011 6:53:46 PM

  4. And there are still many gay republicans.......


    Posted by: Rowan | Sep 12, 2011 6:55:01 PM

  5. 1967 12 June: Loving v. Virginia. U.S. Supreme Court rules (9 to 0) that antimiscegenation laws are unconstitutional within the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

    This is the date when it became legal in North Carolina for interracial marriages. That "God" our President wasn't born in North Carolina or he wouldn't be a legal person. I was recently in the "Research Triangle" and am surprised that a state with this much brain power could pass something like this.

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 12, 2011 6:57:01 PM

  6. So, the state GOP is not even going to give Democrats and independents the chance to vote on this? Dems and indies actually have to show up and register as Republicans in order to vote for a law the affects the entire state?? Can we get some clarification on this?

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Sep 12, 2011 6:57:31 PM

  7. Ummm, this isn't political? In what fantasy land?

    Posted by: Jimbo | Sep 12, 2011 7:08:11 PM

  8. Isn't May 2012 worse than November, since there really only is a Republican primary (so no Democrats are going to show up)??

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 12, 2011 7:15:48 PM

  9. How about we pull the fu**king Democratic 2012 convention out of Charlotte? Asshats.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Sep 12, 2011 7:17:21 PM

  10. Oh, bigoted south, do you never disappoint?

    Posted by: ichabod | Sep 12, 2011 7:20:38 PM

  11. Boycott N Carolina-check. I know my money will never touch that state again, even to buy gas to drive thru. It's just another hate state in a ever growing list of GOP anti-gay places not to go. The state it's self is beautiful, the people apparently are full of bile.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Sep 12, 2011 7:31:51 PM

  12. Fascinating. I just watched the "debate." Aside from the multiple garblings of history by the bill sponsor, who misrepresented CA, IA, VT, and NH history, it was very interesting.

    Only about two bigots were willing to speak -- though 75 voted for the amendment.

    One after another almost every opponent spoke. Many women. Many many blacks, including some black preachers spoke against the amendment very eloquently.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Sep 12, 2011 7:35:12 PM

  13. More reasons to dissolve the federation. This country is broken and we're getting the brunt of it.

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 12, 2011 7:36:01 PM

  14. We will lose the vote by a wide margin. They know it, we know it, and life in North Carolina will be that much more difficult for same-sex couples. While times may be changing, they certainly aren't changing in any real, meaningful ways for the LGBT community in this country as far as I can tell. Courts are incredibly slow, if not outright stonewalling, and I find it hard to believe that somewhere, somehow, the US Constitution doesn't recognize that we are entitled to the same rights and responsibilities as every other citizen. Truly amazing how quickly our backward country has become even more backwards than before...while the rest of the world (except Africa lately), seems to be moving forward at a dizzyingly rapid pace. What happened, and will it ever really get better?

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 12, 2011 7:36:34 PM

  15. Not a SINGLE Republican voted No. Not one.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Sep 12, 2011 7:45:11 PM

  16. Keith: come to New England. It's better already.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Sep 12, 2011 7:46:24 PM


    I'm pretty sure they'll miss your spending dollars in north carolina. C'mon dude. What does the state have to do with this? We all know this has everything to do with republicans taking control of the state legislature. It could happen anywhere, even in the most liberal state, if you put republicans in office.

    Besides, really when you think about it, 41 states ban gay marriage either through a constitutional amendment or through legislative act (even California). That being the case, you'd better be ready to boycott 80% of the United States as a bigoted, socially backward place.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 12, 2011 7:50:53 PM

  18. Just wait till the DOMA cases reach Supreme Court.

    All these state-level constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage will be ruled unconstitutional. This one especially because it bans any kind of same-sex union.

    We are on the right side of history.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Sep 12, 2011 8:32:50 PM

  19. No one should be surprised by this.

    Posted by: Bravo | Sep 12, 2011 8:38:43 PM

  20. "Democrats were Reps. Pierce, Floyd, Graham, Brisson, Hill, Owens, Crawford, Goodman, Spear, and McGuirt. The rest of the Democrats voted against it, and two Republicans opted not to vote. "

    Posted by: gaylib | Sep 12, 2011 8:43:02 PM

  21. I am so embarrassed to be an American.

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 12, 2011 8:58:27 PM

  22. North Carolina and South Carolina both have never been gay friendly only bigoted ignorant and prejudice period.I live in South Carolina unfortunately and feel bad for my north carolina LGBT neighbors we are basically neighbors considering we're all Carolinians. I hope something happens before this is passed it saddens but does not surprise me at all that they did this I had a feeling something like this would happen sooner or later either here or in North Carolina. Not one decent person apparently apart of this house either thats crystal clear.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 12, 2011 9:39:42 PM

  23. Uh, Michael. Although it is sad the NC House passed this, don't lump NC, one of the last states to presumptively pass such an amendment, with SC, which passed such an amendment in 2006. SC is a much more antigay, rightwing state than NC.

    Posted by: Lukas | Sep 12, 2011 9:51:55 PM

  24. Is this headline correct tho? They didn't pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, did they?

    I thought they passed something stupid that would get it on the ballot, or am I wrong?

    I think there is still time to stop it.

    Posted by: Rin | Sep 12, 2011 9:52:07 PM

  25. They needed 71 of the 118 votes cast. All 66 Republicans, present, voted for it and they were joined by 10 Democrats. Here are their last names, followed by the counties they represent: Brisson - Bladen, Cumberland
    Crawford - Granville, Vance
    Floyd - Cumberland
    Goodman - Montgomery, Richmond
    Graham - Robeson
    Hill - Brunswick, Columbus
    McGuirt - Anson, Union
    Owens - Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank, Tyrrell
    Pierce - Hoke, Robeson, Scotland
    Spear - Chowan, Dare, Hyde, Washington

    Posted by: Jerry | Sep 12, 2011 9:54:57 PM

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