I wrote before that religious groups are now trying to reverse policies that have long been declared to be unconstitutional, such as the use of class time and facilities to teach the Bible, something that was disallowed as far back as 1948. Now four members of the Republican-controlled legislature in North Caroline have introduced a bill that would outlaw same-sex marriage, although such bans were declared to be unconstitutional in 2015.
The bill says that the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country “is null and void in the State of North Carolina.” The sponsors argue in the bill language that it’s “clear that laws concerning marriage are for each state to establish and maintain severally and independently.”
The bill quotes the Christian Bible and says the ruling “exceeds the authority of the court relative to the decree of Almighty God that ‘a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history.”
North Carolina is the state that passed the infamous HB2 bathroom bill that required transgender people to use the bathroom of their birth gender identification. That caused such an outcry and led to costly boycotts of the state that the bill was repealed and the repeal was signed by the new Democratic governor who had defeated the Republican incumbent Pat McCrory. McCrory would definitely have vetoed the repeal.
The Republican leadership in the legislature, clearly wary of getting into that kind of hot water again, have quietly killed this latest move. They may wish to discriminate against the LGBT community but they love money more.