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.