“As if we haven’t already been in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons this year with HB2, we’re now going to prove just how draconian and ridiculous we are” A statement given by Rep. Deb Butler in the state of North Carolina after his own party has successfully passed a bill titled “Uphold Historical Marriage Act”.
The state lawmaker, famously known for being an advocate of the LGBTQ community, is “disgusted” by the Republican initiative to repeal a Federal decision known as the “Oberg fell v. Hodges decision of the United States Supreme Court of 2015” rendering it void on the state level.
Republican traditional battle
For decades, the conservative members of the GOP have been fighting a legal battle with the liberal parties to avoid the normalization of same-sex and its surrounding affairs, like their marriage.
Especially the southern states have been blocking all attempts by the federal government to allow any amendments concerning the LGBTQ community, framing them to be unethical and “disgraceful”.
Doomed to “Fail”
Mr. Butler is “disappointed” by the bill sponsors, Representatives Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale and Carl Ford, who refused to comment in any public appearance.
He added that: “It seems that these alt-right legislators don’t learn from mistakes made, and they feel this sort of damaging and disruptive behavior is somehow going to get them reelected, and I think the contrary will prove true”
The North Carolina House and Senate is yet to approve the controversial House Bill 780, that is supposed to replace the more contentious HB2 “Bathroom Bill”.
The new amendment would stipulate: “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”.
A constitutional law professor at the University of North Carolina argued: “It could pass, but it doesn’t matter because it is plainly unconstitutional.
It is directly contrary to what the United States Supreme Court has said on this subject. It violates the rights that the United States Supreme Court has recognized, so as a result, I think it would be struck down by any court in this country”