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North Carolina bill: Supreme Court overstepped Constitution and God in legalizing gay ‘marriage’

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

RALEIGH, North Carolina, April 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – North Carolina lawmakers are attempting to nullify the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision on same-sex "marriage."

Four statehouse legislators have proposed House Bill 780, the Uphold Historical Marriage Act, that would restore the state's constitutional ban on homosexual "marriage" and make gay “marriages” illegal.

HB-780 explicitly says the U.S. Supreme Court "overstepped its constitutional bounds" in the Obergefell decision and the High Court's ruling is “null and void in the State of North Carolina.”

The bill states that “the State of North Carolina shall henceforth uphold and enforce Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution." That section was amended in 2012 to explicitly say "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State."

North Carolina voters approved the 2012 pro-marriage amendment 61 percent to 39 percent.

But Republican House Speaker Tim Moore said the proposed bill won’t receive consideration during the current session.

“There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard,” Moore said in a statement.

The Uphold Historical Marriage Act was proposed by Republican state Reps. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus Co.; Carl Ford, R-Rowan Co.; Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City; and Michael Speciale, R-New Bern.

HB-780 also quotes the Bible and accuses the nation's highest court of violating “the decree of Almighty God that 'a man shall leave his father and his mother and is united to his wife, and they shall become one flesh' (Genesis 2:24, ESV).”

Equality North Carolina director of Transgender Policy Ames Simmons told CBS, “There’s no way in modern society that a law (like) this would pass.”

Campbell University law professor Greg Wallace opined, “While people legitimately can disagree with the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, a state legislature cannot overrule the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the federal constitution. If this bill were to become law, it would be declared unconstitutional.”

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