It hasn’t even been two weeks since the legislature green-lighted the fake HB 2 repeal and already some of our lawmakers are feeling antsy. Hold our Pepsi, Kendall Jenner. It’s time to embarrass the state once again with homophobic legislation.
Peeved by that whole marriage equality thing, Republican Representatives Michael Speciale, Larry Pittman, Mike Clampitt, and Carl Ford introduced a bill today that would make gay marriage illegal again—defying the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide—because, God.
House Bill 780, or the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” would invalidate “marriages between persons of the same gender” by making same-sex marriage “null and void in the state of North Carolina.” Sticking with the separation of church and state philosophy, the bill says the Supreme Court’s decision “exceeds the authority of the court relative to the decree of Almighty God that ‘a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history.”
Per the bill:
“Republicans in the General Assembly seem to have a special talent for embarrassing themselves and our state,” North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin said in a statement. “Instead of wasting their time on hateful, discriminatory and clearly unconstitutional legislation, they should be working with Governor Cooper to improve our schools and cut taxes for the middle class.”
Wake County Commissioner John Burns took the gloves off.
Speciale and Pittman didn’t weigh in on Twitter and don’t appear to have Twitter accounts, as they favor the technology consistent with the decades they live in.