Adam Polaski

NC Ballot Initiative to Ban Marriage Equality Likely

Filed By Adam Polaski | July 01, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: ballot initiatives, marriage equality, North Carolina, Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis

Marriageequality.jpgNorth Carolina's Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, has spoken up today about the potential for an amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. The amendment, which was proposed in the state's senate in February, would appear on the ballot during the November 2012 election if it is approved in the House and the Senate.

The House and Senate versions of the bill are different. Q Notes explains:

Two versions of the amendment have been filed in the legislature. In February, Gaston County Republican Sen. James Forrester introduced his amendment, which could ban both public and private relationships among same-sex couples including marriage, civil unions and domestic partner benefits. The House version targets only marriage.

Tillis told the Asheville Citizen-Times that he expects the amendment to be discussed this fall during a special legislative session. He also pointed to "data" that "traditional" marriage provides "more stable and nurturing" relationships.

The bill needs a 3/5 majority in the House and the Senate to pass and land itself on the ballot. Tillis said that he believes the legislature has the votes to get the amendment on the ballot. The state's governor would not have veto power on the measure.

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Laurie Edwards | July 3, 2011 9:09 AM

There's no point trying to mobilize against this North Carolina bill, or against the ballot initiative that will follow. This is North Carolina we're talking about, friends. We need to spend our time, effort, and money in states where they can make a difference. This is sad, this North Carolina evil, but except for fighting for the principle of the thing, we can't possibly derail these lunatics. Let's just all remember not to visit that state--not for business, not for tourism, not for anything.

Jaime Dunaway Jaime Dunaway | July 3, 2011 9:21 AM

That's not a good way to look at it. There are lgbt that do live here, whether by choice or not. Have you been to North Carolina? Its not as backward/hillbillyish as many seem to think it is. Besides, allowing them to get a foothold, any foothold, just helps to give them momentum.

Thank you Jaime for clarifying that for Laurie. I am an LGBT person from NC, and it's not by choice that I live here. I don't have another option right now, and neither does my partner. It is definitely not the hillbillyish state that so many people perceive it to be. My current city, New Bern, has a surprisingly larger number of LGBT people and allies than my previous town in NC. Food Lion, which was founded in NC, has a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. They also made a recent proclamation for Pride Month in one of their weekly circulars. Salisbury, the town that Food Lion was founded in, has a pride parade every year. In fact, there are several Pride Parades in North Carolina, one of which I will be attending this year. Charlotte, NC is best-known for it's LGBT-friendly and inclusive atmosphere and large population of LGBT people. North Carolina is not the redneck state you think it is, Laurie, and the amendment is definitely worth fighting for.

Jaime Dunaway Jaime Dunaway | July 4, 2011 12:17 AM

I'm about an hour east of New Bern myself, in Down East Carteret County. Many where I live know I'm trans, but few have ever given me a hard time over it and I even started working at a local store after transitioning here. I'd just hate to see others write this state off like that without really knowing how it actually is here for the most part.