Tillis: If Amendment One passes, it will be repealed

Six weeks before voters go to the polls, supporters of Amendment One know this may be their last best chance to define marriage in North Carolina’s constitution.

At an appearance on N.C. State University’s campus Monday evening, House Speaker Thom Tillis acknowledged the next generation was largely opposed to the anti-gay marriage measure Republicans fought to put on the ballot this May.

Here’s more from NCSU’s student newspaper, The Technician:

“It’s a generational issue,” Tillis said. “The data shows right now that you are a generation away from that issue.”

According to Tillis, researchers have predicted Amendment One will pass with approximately 54 percent, but Tillis, who voted to pass the amendment, believes it won’t remain long.

“If it passes, I think it will be repealed within 20 years,” Tillis said.


  1. HunterC

    March 27, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Actually, the current generation is ready for civil unions — from Chris Christie and New Hampshire Republicans out of state to John Hood and Renee Ellmers in state.

    Of course, some Republicans are ready for marriage equality too (Dick Cheney, etc).

    Tillis just doesn’t know how to lead a caucus, only follow the theocrats nipping at his heels.

  2. birthandbloom

    March 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

    So 20 more years of discrimination is no big thang, huh Tillis? SHAME.

  3. Larry Johnson

    March 27, 2012 at 8:34 am

    The process is the same, regardless of what the particular change to the constitution is. Removing the provision from the constitution has to go through the same hoops — it has to be passed by the legislature and put on the ballot and voted on by the people. The absolute best that could be hoped for would be 2 years to repeal, and who knows how many dollars and other resources would be thrown into it — money that could be better spent elsewhere.

    While twenty years may not seem like much to Mr. Tillis, as a 50 year old male I recognize that it is likely to be the majority of the time that I have left on this planet. Time during which I will likely not have health insurance and the taxpayers of this state will get to pick up the medical bills that I can’t pay.

    What Speaker Tillis’ comments prove, though, is that this is purely a politically motivated function driven by individuals courting re-election rather than by legislators who are truly concerned about what is best for the people of this state.

  4. Moby

    March 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

    As if we didn’t have more important matters to deal with. GLBT folks are people, just like you and me. What are you afraid of? Why should a gay couple have ALL the same rights as heterosexual couples? Why can’t a partner sign a permission in a hospital. Why can’t a partner inherit? Why can’t partners share insurance coverage? Etc., etc., etc. There are hundreds of situations like these. That is unfair and unjust. So gays can marry… how does that affect you personally? Are you so “superior” that your rights supersede those of other humans? It is estimated that 10% of the population is gay. A genetic predisposition by 10% of the people on this planet. So equality does not apply to them?

    This amendment must be defeated, in my opinion. It is a mark upon us that we don’t believe in equality. Goes back to civil rights, the rights of women… the rights of the ignorant majorities.

  5. Dennis Justice

    March 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    It won’t even take that long. If DOMA is ruled by the Supreme Court that states can NOT bar marriages from out of state because they don’t like them, it will either overturn this amendment immediately or this amendment will be used in a future lawsuit to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Stupid, STUPID move by the GOP. Scare away young voters when we HAVE to beat Obama in NC in November.

  6. Ricky Leung

    March 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Uh…. Santorum, Romney, Gingrich, Paul are all against recognition of same sex marriages. (though, to various extents…) so the same “young voters” who get “scared” by this state’s GOP ought to be “scared” by any of the big Republican candidates…

  7. Dennis Justice

    March 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    The GOP candidates’ positions on marriage don’t really matter. There are not enough votes to pass a federal constitutional amendment to “defend marriage” and there never were. It’s all fluff to win the “moral” vote. Just like politicans call on term limits but NEVER impose them on themselves.

    There isn’t anything a President can do on this matter, even DOMA will probably get overturned and that has more “bi-partisan” support than this “marriage amendment.” The CORRECT conservative position is state’s rights. If Maryland wants it, fine. If NC does not, fine. But this amendment cannot possibly withstand a Supreme Court challenge since it is too broad and vague.

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