Freshman state Sen. Jim Davis is the latest conservative lawmaker to express an uneasiness about the anti-gay marriage amendment that will be on North Carolina’s ballot next May.
The Macon County Republican told constituents at a November town hall meeting that while he voted with his party in passing the ballot initiative, restricting the freedom of others was “a little more beyond my comfort zone.”
As reported by The Macon County News and QNotes, Davis made it clear to his audience that he considers “a heterosexual marriage” to be the bedrock of society, but he felt uneasy about the over-reaching amendment.
Here are Senator Davis remarks:
“I have a lot of libertarian in me,” he said. “I believe firmly, passionately that a marriage should be defined as being between one man and one woman. But I also believe with all my heart that in a free America people who choose to live a different lifestyle should have a legal right to do so. Just don’t call it marriage,” said Davis.
“The marriage amendment is so important because these gay and lesbian, transgender people want moral equivalence to a heterosexual marriage, and it never can be in my opinion. A heterosexual marriage is the bedrock of our society. I feel passionately about that, but I don’t think we need to restrict the rights of people who do not choose to live our lifestyles,” said Davis.
Last month when House Speaker Thom Tillis visited Appalachian State University he acknowledged that he too has “a personal difficulty with [that] constitutional amendment because I don’t believe government should be telling us what to do…”.