North Carolina Republicans want to defy the US Supreme Court and make same-sex marriage illegal again in their state.
House Bill 780 is titled Uphold Historical Marriage Act and calls for the restoration of the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage.
‘This bill is wrong,’ North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tweeted on Tuesday (11 April). ‘We need more LGBT protections, not fewer.’
The bill quotes the Christian Bible and declares that the Supreme Court ruling in 2015 that legalized same-sex marriage across the country ‘is null and void in the State of North Carolina,’ according to The News & Observer.
The bill’s sponsors are are representatives Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, Carl Ford and Mike Clampitt.
They argue in the bill that it is ‘clear that laws concerning marriage are for each state to establish and maintain severally and independently.’
It’s not known if the bill will get a hearing. But its introduction comes just as the state is trying leave the damage of the anti-LGBTI law known as House Bill 2 (HB2) behind them.
HB2 forces transgender people to use a bathroom matching their gender at birth and strips cities of the right to pass anti-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBTI people.
The state has suffered severe backlash and boycotts because of the law.
Lawmakers hammered out out a compromise replacement bill that essentially repeals the law eventually because they were in danger of losing NCAA sporting events through 2022.
The compromise was signed into law earlier this month and allows provisions of HB2 to remain in effect through 2020.