Republican North Carolina state Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, Carl Ford and Mike Clampitt filed a bill on April 11 to ban same-sex marriage.
The Uphold Historical Marriage Act would order the state government to defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2015 that said states could not ban gay marriage, The Charlotte Observer notes.
The Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution gives the Supreme Court's rulings power over all 50 states, but the conservative lawmakers' bill says the gay marriage ruling "is null and void in the State of North Carolina."
The bill's language says it is "clear that laws concerning marriage are for each state to establish and maintain severally and independently."
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Quoting the Christian Bible, the Republicans' bill states that the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage "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."
The four Republicans want to order North Carolina's government to return to Amendment One, a voter referendum from 2012 that banned gay marriage. The bill would not allow North Carolina to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
In response to the bill, Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina tweeted on April 11: "This bill is wrong. We need more LGBT protections, not fewer."
Wake County, North Carolina, Commissioner John Burns took aim at two of the Republicans on Twitter: "Pittman and Speciale are embarrassments to the State of North Carolina and should be shunned from public life."
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Ames Simmons with Equality North Carolina told WNCN: "Ideally the people who make laws would be helping to make the situation around discrimination better instead of perpetuating it ... There’s no way in modern society that a law [like] this would pass."
Greg Wallace, a law professor at Campbell University, added: "While people legitimately can disagree with the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, a state legislature cannot overrule the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the federal constitution. If this bill were to become law it would be declared unconstitutional."
Speciale, a the sponsors of the anti-gay marriage bill, made news in January when he mocked the historic Women's March on Washignton on Facebook, notes The News & Observer:
The march WAS A JOKE. Hey, offended snowflakes, the march was not about women or women's rights, it was about pushing a liberal agenda. Pro-life women not allowed! There were, however, women dressed as vaginas, and little girls holding signs with the "F" word and more. There were topless women and women with red on their crotches to make it look like blood from their periods, etc.
There were women who could not tell you why they were there or what they were protesting or what the march was about (in other words women who were being used by other liberals). So, yes, I say the whole thing was a joke, and a cruel joke on those who were used by the organizers under the guise of women's rights!