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Highlights from the Stam/Glazier gay marriage amendment debate (video)

It was standing room only at UNC-Chapel Hill’S Law School Wednesday as two senior lawmakers squared off over the merits of amending the state’s Constitution to ban gay marriage.

House Majority Leader Rep. Paul Stam suggested that everyone in the room would agree to some limits on who should be allowed to marry.

Rep. Rick Glazier opened with objections to how the initiative was pushed through last week’s special legislative session,  and how it will be listed on the May ballot.

The Cumberland County Democrat told the audience that formally including a ban of same-sex marriages in North Carolina’s constitution would effectively create a group of second-class citizens:

“How many people do we have to affect? How many rights have to be affected? If the most traumatic, the most important right in our lives is going to be controlled with the government, what stops the government from controlling and out-casting these same people as to every other right in life? And that is the slope you are starting us on, and that is the one the people of North Carolina are going to have to stop.”

For highlights from the hour-long debate, click below:

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5 Comments

  1. wayne

    September 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    If same sex marriage destroys traditional marriage and invites polygamy, one would exoect to find polygamous marriages surfacing since the 1990 adoption of SSM in Amsterdam…..where is it? Also, it appears that Massachussets, which has had same sex marriage since 2004, has the LOWEST divorce rate in the US……some threat !

  2. Frances Jenkins

    September 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    If there is corruption in advertising for or against this bill, the Democrats will lead the way.

  3. g_whiz

    September 22, 2011 at 2:53 am

    If there is corruption in sneaking a bill into being without allowing for proper channels to have a say…Republicans will do so under the cloak of night and then act as if they think their actions are somehow blameless.

  4. david esmay

    September 22, 2011 at 8:45 am

    After watching the video I’ve come to the conclusion that Paul Stam is one of the most ignorant and insipid human beings to cross my path in 51 years on this planet. I thought it was just an act to appeal to his theopubteabag base, sadly it is not the case. How did he ever get through law school, and who would hire this man to represent them? His arguements are baseless and childish, the amendment prevents three year olds from getting married, it bars polygamy, bigamy, you have got to kidding me, that position is as weak as water and twice as transparent. I’m sure Glazier couldn’t wait to take a shower after sharing the same space him for such an extended period of time.

  5. wayne

    September 24, 2011 at 10:49 am

    The Bible is filled with polygamous marriages……all of them amongst heterosexuals!!!!