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.”