NC bill aims to make gay marriage illegal despite supreme court ruling

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A bill was submitted on Tuesday which aims to make gay marriage illegal in North Carolina, notes WCNC.

Four Republican state lawmakers are behind the proposed legislation, called the "Uphold Historical Marriage Act," or House Bill 780.

The document, which has since been posted online, argues that a majority of the state's voters—61 percent—had supported the Marriage Amendment of 2012 which WNCN explains "prohibited North Carolina from recognizing or performing same-sex marriages or civil unions."

The bill goes on to criticize the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling in 2015 that gay marriage was, in effect, a legal right. In fact, the authors state that the high court's decision "overstepped its constitutional bounds."

They go on to argue that the "ruling of the United States Supreme Court not only exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the State of North Carolina and a vote of the People of the State on an issue pertaining solely to the State of North Carolina but also 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'..."

As such, the representatives want to nullify the court's decision and uphold the state's ban on gay marriage.

The state's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, has since spoken out about the proposed legislation, tweeting, "This bill is wrong. We need more LGBT protections, not fewer."

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