How Will North Carolina’s Gay Marriage Constitutional Ban Bills Fare?

Following up on a Senate version introduced in February, North Carolina’s State House this week saw Republicans introduce an amendment that would constitutionally ban gay marriage. The bills in each chamber differ slightly in their wording; the House’s version appears to leave open a loophole that would allow for domestic partnerships, while the Senate bill would ban any “domestic legal union” not between a man and a woman. The state already bans gay marriage by law, while these bills (which would require a three-fifths majority to pass) would put the matter before voters in November 2012; they would need only a simple majority to amend the state constitution.