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Condemnations of new marriage discrimination law continue to pour in

Today, on the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision striking down state laws banning interracial marriage in the case of Loving v. Virginia, condemnations continue to pour in from across the country for North Carolina’s absurd and offensive new marriage discrimination law. Here are just a few:

From Raleigh’s News & Observer:

“Senate leader Phil Berger, the champion of the measure, says it protects the religious freedom of public servants who have religious objections to same-sex marriage. But this is not about protecting religion. It is about respecting the law. With this vote, the majority has scoffed at it….

In its defiant rejection of that message, the General Assembly once more raises that flag of intolerance over North Carolina as it did when it approved an amendment to the state Constitution banning same-sex marriage. That flag is seen nationwide. It will be another signal of the state’s rightward turn and another reason why businesses and people will less inclined to make a new home in North Carolina. Even if Democrats reclaimed the General Assembly, it would be years before the state’s image could heal from the battering this current legislative leadership is giving it.”

From the Greensboro News & Record:

“Now the state will have to live with the consequences of a law that is not only discriminatory but, as the governor labeled it, unconstitutional. It will draw yet more legal challenges. This legislature is costing taxpayers many millions of dollars in lawyers’ fees and losing one court ruling after another. This will be one more….In the meantime, North Carolina makes itself known across the country for enacting a law that says some people can expect less service than others in state offices. It’s a shame. Having enough votes doesn’t put the legislature in the right.”

From the New Yorker magazine:

“Proposals to let magistrates withhold marriage licenses have the same problems, with the added insult that the discrimination is effectively coming from the state. If officials can decide not to implement laws they dislike, then equality under the law—for gay couples, at least —is just a slogan.”

From the Orange County, California Register:

“SB2 violates civil rights and insults human dignity. As did anti-miscegenation laws, it would violate constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection of the law. United States v. Windsor, in which the high court in 2013 struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, affirmed that ‘state laws defining or regulating marriage, of course, must respect the constitutional rights of persons.’”

The bottom line: North Carolina is once again the butt of jokes and derision around the country and the world and the Raleigh reign of error continues.

3 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    June 12, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Well, if that rogue’s gallery is what is “condemning” North Carolina, then we are certainly headed in the right direction. We should be honored that the illiberal leftists are “condemning” us when it comes to freedom as those are the people who are first in line to take away said freedoms.

  2. Slave2anMG

    June 12, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Magistrates took an oath to serve the citizens of NC, not just the ones they don’t find icky our objectionable. This is about law…this hiding bigotry behind religion is a farce and only harms religion. Are you ready to have a Catholic magistrate refuse to marry two divorced people? If a magistrate can not do what the OATH demands, they need a different job as they are clearly not capable of performing this one.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    June 15, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Actually, if you read the oath of office the people of the state are not mentioned. It only mentions they will uphold the NC and US Constitutions. Unless this law is held as unconstitutional they are doing their jobs by following the law if they abstain the correct way.

    But again, this will likely turn out that NC will get out of performing all marriages whether they are the fake “gay” marriages or real marriages.

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