Reaction to the Override of the SB2 Veto by State Senate

The state Senate wasted little time on Monday in overriding (32-16 ) Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2. The magistrate recusal bill now heads to the the NC House, where three-fifths of the members present must vote in favor of the override in order to overturn the governor’s veto stamp.

Here’s what marriage equality activists are saying about that Senate override:

“I am deeply disappointed by the state Senate’s vote tonight. This discriminatory and unconstitutional bill treats gay and lesbian couples as second-class citizens and distorts the true meaning of religious freedom. I fully anticipate this bill will end up in the courts if the state House also votes to override Governor McCrory’s veto of SB2,” said Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality.

“We are disappointed to see that the N.C. Senate voted tonight against the best interests of LGBT North Carolinians and the entire state. From the business community to faith leaders to the governor, North Carolinians have stood up and said Senate Bill 2 is deeply problematic legislation,” said Equality NC executive director Chris Sgro. “Its aim is to discriminate against same-sex couples, and in doing so, it creates hardships for all North Carolinians seeking taxpayer-funded public services.”

“It is shameful that this bill has passed our legislature. It is nothing more than state sanctioned discrimination and a naked attempt to make a political statement without much care for how it hurts and demeans others. To be certain, if this bill becomes law, it will invite a new round of court challenges. Ultimately, like Amendment 1, this law will fail,” said Luke Largess of Charlotte-based Tin Fulton Walker & Owen and lead counsel in General Synod of the UCC v. Reisinger, the lawsuit that struck down Amendment One last October.



  1. Gene Scarborough

    June 2, 2015 at 7:49 am

    NC has lost its PROGRESSIVE mind, folks. Until we get it back, we are racing TEXAS for first place in hate . . .

  2. Laurie

    June 2, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Completely irresponsible behavior.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    June 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Gene, that is the best compliment you could give out. I am sad that the state I have grown up in has ever been associated with such a destructive movement.

  4. Pertains!

    June 3, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    They reduce corporate tax rates to “keep” or “entice ” big business?
    Big buisness will move AWAY from NC which is consistently becoming more bigoted with every law enacted.
    No wonder NC went decades without electing a Republican majority in power.
    Maybe with enough opinions of the “elected” being crammed down people’s throats the next election will swing back to a more reasonable and sane elected majority.

  5. Alan

    June 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Ah, I see the Crazy Talk Express has arrived… the destructive movement has been the neo-fascists that have been elected in this state. I don’t blame the GOP voters for what we have, I blame the apathy of Democratic and Independent voters for allowing the extremists to be elected in the first place. This state’s legacy of bigotry & hatred is something to be ashamed of, yet it appears a majority of those who voted don’t have much of an issue with that. Elections sure have consequences, and this is all too evident here in NC. GOP overreach, like we have already seen in the demonization of public school employees will be their downfall. I fear for the damage they will do before they are kicked out of office come the next election. That however, assumes they don’t enact further efforts to limit the ability of citizens to cast their lawful vote.
    Our “elected officials” seem oblivious to the damage there are doing to our states reputation, yet seem more concerned in pandering to the most extreme elements of an already extremist political agenda.

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