Defending Marriage in N.C. | John W. Pope Civitas Institute

Defending Marriage in N.C. | John W. Pope Civitas Institute:
“Legislation was again introduced in the General Assembly this session to provide such a constitutional defense of marriage, but it was kept from a vote by the leadership in both chambers. House Bill 361 and Senate Bill 272 were sponsored by a bipartisan majority in both houses. They provided strong language to defend marriage as a union between one man and one woman. However, despite the support and public pressure to pass such legislation, these bills did not even receive a committee hearing.

Why? Some speculate that the legislature blocks any conservative legislation, merely to demonstrate the power held by the legislature’s liberal leaders. Others say contributions from national gay-rights supporters and groups have kept the legislation from moving. Pick one; there is no other rational explanation left to explain why the General Assembly refused to hear debate on a defense of marriage amendment for the fifth year in a row.”

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