Hackney: Amendment places NC “unfavorably in the national spotlight”

The N.C. General Assembly adjourned Wednesday after approving just one constitutional amendment that would ban same sex marriage and civil unions.

House minority leader Rep. Joe Hackney called the three day session a  “waste of time” and a missed opportunity for state lawmakers to focus on the economy and job creation.

This weekend on News & Views, Rep. Hackney discusses this week’s session and his concerns about how the state will be portrayed leading up to the May 2012 vote on the marriage amendment.

Hackney, who supported a 1996 statute making same-sex marriage illegal, has since said that society has changed, and he would he “would not cast the same vote today.”

For a preview of Hackney’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below.

Legislators plan to return to Raleigh November 7th.

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11 Comments

  1. frances

    September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Same bad light as the corruption in the Democrat party and in addition I hear more charges of high, high ranking officials coming down the pipes.

  2. nonanon

    September 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Society hasn’t changed, and besides, It’s irresponsible to suggest legislation should be avoided because of how it may be perceived by the rest of the country. Likewise the WH should stay out it, unless we are to defer to them in all state conditional matters. Let the people decide, after all we’re still a representative democracy, are we not, even if it means the left is displeased with the outcome.

  3. James

    September 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    The idea that we shouldn’t care how legislation is perceived by the rest of the country is absurd. Like it or not, North Carolina competes for businesses and talent every day. One business leader told me that he had been working to recruit a programmer from Massachusetts, a gay woman. Yesterday she said she would no longer consider the opportunity.

    I wish I could name the person and the company, but, unfortunately, we still live in a country where minorities still have to be afraid of what others say and do.

    Society hasn’t changed? Have you been living under a rock?

  4. david esmay

    September 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    frances hasn’t got a clue, and the rock landed on nonanon. Frances is praying for a scandal, but unfortunately for her nothing trumps Watergate. Has Tom Delay got out of jail yet? The only high, high official that’s worried now is Cheney, he’s afraid the world court will try him for war crimes.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    September 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    David,
    I think you will have to eat crow very soon. You are mean. Sorry I am not smart like you.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    September 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    David
    Please do not kick me away from the table because I am poor and do not have the golden egg education like you do.

  7. nonanon

    September 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    There’s just no point in trying to discuss things rationally with some people.

  8. nonanonymous

    September 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    There’s just no point in trying to discuss things rationally with some people.

  9. nonanon

    September 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Why was my previous post blocked?

  10. david esmay

    September 15, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Frances, I went to college on the GI bill, and we lost everything in the recession. If you are poor, why do you so often side with a party that does not have your best interests at heart?

  11. Admin

    September 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

    nonanon, I don’t believe that your post was blocked, it looks like it got posted twice actually. If you believed that a comment was blocked, please email info@ncpolicywatch.com and we’ll try to correct the problem.

    Thanks!