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House Speaker’s weird claims about the marriage discrimination amendment

[1]In case you missed it, Watauga Watch had a fascinating post [2] 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 [3] 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.