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It comes from the Wilmington Star News. Here’s the lead.

Editorial – Tillis is right, so let’s leave the state constitution alone

“N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis caused a ruckus last week when he told a group of N.C. State University students that Amendment One, which would write the already existing gay-marriage ban into the state constitution, that he fully expects it to pass – only to be repealed in 20 years or less.

Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, was speaking a truth that the most ardent supporters of the amendment do not wish to hear: The times, they are a-changin’.

Younger people are more likely to support or at the very least be tolerant of same-sex relationships. And as Politco.com reported Friday, Republicans on the national level are less eager than they once were to focus on anti-gay legislation.

Politico reporters Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer spoke with House Republicans who acknowledged that gay marriage…”

You can read the entire editorial by clicking here.

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Don’t get me wrong — it’s great that several conservative Republicans are finally speaking up against the marriage discrimination amendment. As Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer reports, former Queen City mayor and Republican gubernatorial nominee Richard Vinroot joined the “nay” chorus yesterday. Good for him. The tide of public opinion is clearly turning against the damned thing and it may well still be defeated.

The only problem is this: Where in the heck were Vinroot, John Hood, the incomprehensible Thom “We’ll repeal it in ten or twenty years” Tillis and the others last year when the legislation was being rammed through the General Assembly? How did it come to pass that these pillars of corporate capitalism are only just now getting around to voicing their concern, i.e. after the cow is already out of the barn? They knew the deal then — why didn’t they speak up forcefully when they could have made a much bigger difference?

There are really only two possible answers: Read More

It can be found in this morning’s Charlotte Observer and it comes from conservative lawyer, former Supreme Court Justice and Pope Empire refugee, Bob Orr:

“Any provision that has to be put into the ‘miscellaneous’ section of the constitution immediately raises questions about whether it should be in the state constitution,” he said. “It’s probably not a provision that ought to be in.”

Amen.
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What is the world is going throught the brain of House Speaker Thom Tillis? The man has proven again and again over the past several months that, anytime he has a microphone in his hand, he’s capable of saying something incredibly offensive, untrue or both. But as Clayton Henkel’s post immediately below makes clear, last night marks a new low. 

To read the post and the story in the NC State Technician that it references is to feel as if you’ve stepped through the looking glass. Excuse me, Mr. Speaker?? Did you really say that?! You’re putting our state through months of divisive hell and doing your best to enshrine discrimination into our Constitution all so the next generation can repeal it?? What the heck?! Read More

There are lots of things to disagree with John Hood about — even in the column in which he made spells out his postion on the marriage amendment. More on that later.

But the following statement from that column is certainly worth noting and sharing:

I think amending North Carolina’s constitution to forbid gay and lesbian couples from receiving any future legal recognition, including civil unions, is unwise and unfair. In my opinion the real threat to marriage is not the prospect of gay people getting hitched. It is the reality of straight people too quickly resorting to divorce, or never getting hitched in the first place.