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Anti-LGBT marriage proposal made public

The state Senate will hold a Judiciary I Committee meeting this afternoon from 1:30 -3 to discuss a the proposed anti-LGBT marriage constitutional amendment,

You can read the proposal by clicking here.  If you can’t make it to the legislature, WRAL,com will be televising the hearing live online or you can listen at http://www.ncleg.net/Audio/Audio.html — click on Appropriations Committee Room (Rm. 643).

7 Comments

  1. snowbird42

    September 12, 2011 at 9:17 am

    from TPM

    The AP reports that North Carolina will debate a constitutional ban against gay marriage on Monday. It is currently the only southeastern state without such a ban already in its constitution and its GOP-controlled legislature seeks to correct that. The proposed amendment would also give voters in 2012 the option of making North Carolina’s state law defining marriage mirror the proposed constitutional amendment.

    The amendment could serve as a major draw for conservative voters; bringing them to the polls large numbers in the 2012 election in a state Obama won by the most miniscule of margins in 2008. It could also serve as a wedge issue for the GOP against the incumbent Democratic governor, Beverly Perdue.

  2. Pat

    September 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

    SECTION 3. If a majority of votes cast on the question are in favor of the
    22 amendment set out in Section 1 of this act, the State Board of Elections shall certify the
    23 amendment to the Secretary of State.

    Can a simple majority pass a Constitutional Amendment? I thought that took a supermajority, like 60% or something?

  3. Rob Schofield

    September 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

    It requires 3/5 in the legislature to get on the ballot, but only a majority vote at the general election.

  4. Rev. Carl Johnson

    September 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

    In this case, to paraphrase de Tocqueville, rule by this minority (of Bible thumpin’, ignoring the numerous independently conducted surveys of NC citizens showing a majority see this as a non-issue) is a tyranny of the majority.

    Rather than working to solve the unemployment crisis or the education crisis, they waste tax dollars on an issue solely designed to fan the flames for a conservative voter turnout.

    When did performing the people’s work devolve into a theocracy?

  5. James

    September 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

  6. Rob Schofield

    September 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I’m afraid that probably sums it up, James.

  7. Anne @ Meeting Room Rental

    September 14, 2011 at 1:58 am

    What LGBT means? And is this all about lesbian and gay marriage?