UPDATE: NC Will Not Consider Marriage Equality This Week

UPDATE: July 28, 2011 9:05 AM PST – The NC Legislature will not be considering the amendment this week.


As early as tomorrow North Carolina lawmakers may vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage (House Bill 777 and Senate Bill 106). But NC Equality has made it easy for everyone to call and e-mail state legislators like crazy and persuade them to do the right thing.

C’mon, if you spent a few minutes commenting on our last Lady Gaga post, you can certainly spare a few minutes to help out our queer siblings in North Carolina.

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  • Jcandy

    As a resident of North Carolina, I’m not surprised people want this to happen. But, it still feels like a knife in my back. My GLBT friends and I would love to get married in our home state, now it may never happen. This is such a tragedy… I’m just praying that things turn out in our favor. :-(

  • Shawn

    I think it sad that in this country we let our political opions get in the way of doing what is right. Forget what your party says and do what’s in your heart. Make marriage equality legal. It’s the right thing to do.

  • Cam

    DOMA being struck down will evicerate all these state laws just like Loving v. VA. did. Fuck NC legislatures who vote for this. Just modern day Klansmen.

  • GayGOP

    I sent some emails to some of the GOP state legislators pointing out that the party’s future may depend on voting no on this amendment.

  • christopher di spirito

    The “new” south is just as much of a shithole as the “old” south. Jesse Helms must be laughing his ass off down in Hell.

  • gherkin

    There once was a time that North Carolina was considered a progressive southern state, sadly, it’s become just another republican casualty.

  • timncguy

    Good Ole Queerty gets the headline wrong again. Do you check anything you print for accuracy before you print it?

    NC will not ban marriage equality in 24 hours. The legislature is voting on whether or not to put a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the ballot in 2012 for the voters to decide.

  • LandStander

    @timncguy: Well, the context of it was wrong, but they got it right. Putting an amendment banning same-sex marriage on the ballot for voters to decide IS banning same sex marriage – if the history of these amendments is anything to go by. So, they did not mean to be right, but in a round-a-bout way they were!

  • gerry

    what do you all expect from some knuckle dragging, mouthbreathing nazis in north carolina

  • Carson

    Thank you, Queerty, for bringing this issue to light! I have been involved with this campaign for a while now, getting postcards signed, calling and emailing my senators. I will really be upset if this bill passes because it’s obvious that marriage equality supporters are a minority in this state. Please don’t write off NC as a backwards hillbilly state. Do your part to ensure marriage equality for others.

  • Red Meat

    No thanks, I rather talk about Lady Gaga.

  • robert in NYC

    Ron Paul, the republican civil libertarian, told a conservative group in Iowa monday that he defends a state’s right to uphold DOMA although he supports a state’s right to legislate for same-sex marriage,plus he supports the ouster of all of the judges who made same-sex marriage in that state. Seems he wants it both ways. What a slimey bastard. He’s going nowhere, thankfully.

  • robert in NYC

    How about putting an intitiative on the ballot to remove the tax-exempt status of any non-profit meddling in the political process as well as any religious cult?

  • gregger

    @Cam: Actually no, doing away with DoMA would not affect a state constitution. If this gets voted through there are three ways to get it taken out, voters doing away with that amendment or writing a new amendment that over rides the current one, the legislatures vote on a new amendment, or the US Supreme Court rules that the NC amendment runs afoul the Federal Constitution and render it invalid.

  • gregger

    @GayGOP: Good luck with that, how’s that voting for the party of oppression working for you?

  • gregger

    @robert in NYC: I really loathe that man. You cannot say you are for personal liberty if you are supporting the state’s “right” to discriminate.

  • robert in NYC

    Gregger, exactly. He has no scruples. Deep down, they don’t support LGBT rights, they just say they do to draw votes away from the mainstream GOP. Civil Libertarians (republicans) are going NOWHERE and have more in common with the tea party scumbaggers.

  • gregger

    @robert in NYC: There are several people who post here that feel as though Ron Paul is the last great hope for same sex equality. He’s a bigot, via his own words posted in his mailed newsletters. He and his stupid son frighten me.

  • robert in NYC

    Gregger, I agree. In fact, his son is far more dangerous in my view. To me, when you’re not supporting federal recognition of same-sex marriage then that’s not supporting equality in my book. Leaving matters for the states to decide is cover to do NOTHING. We have a screwed up political system in our country, no question about that. I often ask why do we need legislatures when mob rule can strike down rights for one entire group of people. Laws are really meant to be broken in this country if that sort of thing is allowed to go unchecked. State referenda on civil rights is abominable and in violation of the 14th amendment.

  • delurker

    @GayGOP: HAHAHA what an exercise in futility. Those crackers promptly deleted those emails so their ‘puters wouldn’t catch teh ghey. ;)

  • Shannon1981

    Frightening. So many dangerous people run this area of the country. Sad, but true. This is why I opt to leave.

  • Steve

    The court decisions, so far, against the Federal DOMA statute, are that DOMA violates the Constitution in several egregious ways. The Constitution is clear, and the briefs and decisions are compelling. The issue will ultimately be decided in the Supreme Court.

    The State statutes and constitutions that have the same definition of “marriage”, also violate the Constitution in the same several egregious ways. And, the “conservatives” know it.

    The anti-marriage amendment in NC is not really about marriage. It is really about “get-out-the-vote” for the 2012 Election. The polling in NC is about an even split, with most people supporting equal rights, but fewer wanting to use the word “marriage” to denote those rights. Those polls are moving in our favor, each time the issue gets coverage. The only people who don’t seem to know this are, of course, the right-wing “conservatives”.

    After the way the Republicans have been acting recently, their party may well be ending.

  • Alex

    @robert in NYC: Ron Paul has always been slimey, what else is new.

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