North Carolina Lawmakers Still Trying to Ban Marriage Equality: ‘Tell it To Satan!’

Four years after Obergefell v. Hodges, Republicans in North Carolina are still not fighting to stop marriage equality. And they have a message for supporters of LGBT rights: “Tell it to Satan.”

Introduced in the state assembly in February, HB 65, the Marriage Reaffirmation Amendment Act, would revive North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage, approved by voters in 2012, and render Obergefell null and void and unenforceable. The measure would also prohibit civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

The bill also includes language that defines same-sex unions as “parody marriage” and claims “self-asserted sex-based identity narratives and sexual orientations that do not follow the scientifically obvious biology of the human species are inseparably part of the religion of Secular Humanism.”


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