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House Speaker’s weird claims about the marriage discrimination amendment

In case you missed it, Watauga Watch had a fascinating post yesterday about House Speaker Thom Tillis’ supposedly tortured support of the marriage discrimination amendment — the amendment that he took the unusual step of voting for despite the fact that the Speaker usually abstains from voting on matters on which his vote is unnecessary.    

Here’s an excerpt:

“Repeatedly hit for his anti-gay constitutional amendment, Tillis essentially apologized for it. ‘I have a personal difficulty with [that] constitutional amendment because I don’t believe government should be telling us what to do, but’ … yadda yadda yadda … ‘marriage is not a constitutional right.’
 
In other words, ‘they made me do it.’ He kept repeating that 60 to 70 members of the General Assembly pressured him into letting the anti-gay amendment go forward, and he really really regretted it, being such a small-government conservative like he is. But whatta ya gonna do when 70 people pressure you? Stand up to them like a man with convictions? Why, no.”
What a strange man.

6 Comments


  1. Chuck L

    November 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    He doesn’t support same-sex marriage–fine, but that is ALREADY ILLEGAL IN NC. This amendment, as Mr. Tillis correctly states, is about “the government telling people what to do” and no “small government conservative” should support it; in fact, they should be fighitng it the hardest. Besides codifying into the Constitution something that is already defined by statute, this amendment goes much farther than marriage, banning any kind of domestic contracts between two people, including powers of attorney, hospital visitations, and possibly even wills. Talk about a “Big Brother” government sticking their nose into people’s private lives!

    Thom Tillis is an off-the-scale hypocrite and he knows it.

  2. HunterC

    November 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Tillis is truly an off-the-scale marriage hypocrite (he’s on his second marriage), and he is ignorant of constitutional law.

    Marriage is a constitutional right. As the US Supreme Court unanimously reminded the country in Loving v. Virginia, “Marriage is one of the ” ‘basic civil rights of man,’ “

  3. Jack

    November 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    “I was just following orders,” “The bullies on the floor made me to do it.” My god, where are the adults in this whole mess called the NC General Assembly?

    Speaker Tillis isn’t a hyocrite he’s arrogant. He thinks all he has to do is blame others, for his arrogant statements and actions that are on the record, and “the people” will believe him. He thinks North Carolinians are stupid. Such is arrogance at its highest level.

  4. Timothy Murphy

    November 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    This Amendment, long the wish of the Right, was put on the Ballot merely as a means to solidify their votes in upcoming elections. If it passes, the Republicans can point to it as proof that they support “Conservative Values” and can use that as currency to gain those voters’ support in the future. If it fails, they can blame it on the liberal activists and “community organizers” and will promise to get it on the Ballot again if only those “Values Voters” will re-elect them. Since it IS currently on the ballot, they need to distance themselves from its implicit intolerance and bigotry, which may turn off moderate voters. He, like most career politicians, wants to please everybody while offending the fewest so as to garner the slimmest increase in his chances of victory.

  5. david esmay

    November 17, 2011 at 8:37 am

    All of you have hit the nail on the head.

  6. Wayne

    November 17, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    This gentleman should know better than to publicly display his ignorance of constitutionally protected civil rights…….is this dude the best your legislature can produce?? No wonder your state’s unofficial motto is ……”North Carolina and proud of our bigotry”!!!!!

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