Just two weeks after North Carolina repealed its controversial #BathroomBill, several lawmakers introduced House Bill 780, the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” which would ban same-sex marriage in the state. Even though the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in 2015, if passed, this new law would not recognize same-sex marriage in the state of North Carolina .
"Marriages, whether created by common law, contracted, or performed outside of North Carolina, between individuals of the same gender are not valid in North Carolina." ~ HB 780
In an interview with NBC Out, Representative Deb Butler called this bill "despicable." Rep. Butler is one of the only openly gay lawmakers in the North Carolina General Assembly. NC Governor Roy Cooper also criticized the bill, which is comforting to see the state’s leadership taking a stand against injustice.
This bill is wrong. We need more LGBT protections, not fewer. - RC https://t.co/o5niNU9Ly7
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) April 11, 2017
Most lawmakers didn’t expect this bill to pass - the courts would deem it unconstitutional since the Supreme Court already ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. The House Speaker announced the next day that the bill would not even be heard in congress. This act is more symbolic, demonstrating to the rest of the nation that there are still people who do not tolerate gay marriage or the LGBTQ community at large. What can we do as peacemakers to promote tolerance and compassion for our LGBTQ friends and classmates? How can we show the world that love is love is love? Join a community of peacemakers and create a project to address LGBTQ injustice today!