Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a bill that would ban same-sex marriage, despite a Supreme Court ruling that has already determined that such laws are unconstitutional.
"The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina declares that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision of the United States Supreme Court of 2015 is null and void in the State of North Carolina, and that the State of North Carolina shall henceforth uphold and enforce Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution, the opinion and objection of the United States Supreme Court notwithstanding," the bill states. "Marriages, whether created by common law, contracted, or performed outside of North Carolina, between individuals of the same gender are not valid in North Carolina."
News of the bill has made national headlines, despite the fact that even North Carolina Republicans killed the bill before it was even heard.
Republican state House Speaker Tim Moore said on April 11 that he won’t allow the bill to move forward this session.
"There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard," Moore said in a news release, according to the News & Observer.
Democratic state Rep. Deb Butler, an openly gay lawmaker in the North Carolina General Assembly, called the legislation "despicable," according to NBC News.
"Nothing surprises me out of this legislature anymore," Butler said. "As if we haven't already been in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons this year with HB2, we're now going to prove just how draconian and ridiculous we are."
Butler added: "It seems that these alt-right legislators don't learn from mistakes made, and they feel this sort of damaging and disruptive behavior is somehow going to get them reelected, and I think the contrary will prove true.″
However, Butler didn't believe the bill will get much traction in the North Carolina General Assembly, despite Republicans having a majority.
"I can't fathom my more moderate and rational Republican colleagues would allow such a thing to happen," she said.
Michael J. Gerhardt, a professor of constitutional law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has a similar point of view.
"It is directly contrary to what the United States Supreme Court has said on this subject," he said. "It violates the rights that the United States Supreme Court has recognized, so as a result, I think it would be struck down by any court in this country."