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N.C. House votes to override McCrory veto of magistrates' recusal bill

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Senate pro tempore Phil Berger
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Shocker. The Legislature voted to override Gov. McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2 on Thursday, the one where state-employed magistrates can recuse themselves from their main job duty—marrying couples—if they cite a deeply held religious objection to gay people, just like Jesus definitely would do.

Senate Bill 2 is the brainchild of Senate pro tempore Phil Berger, a reaction to the legalization of same-sex marriage in North Carolina last October. The bill passed the Senate in February, then the House in May. In one of the more sensible moments in his career as Governor, McCrory vetoed the bill. The Senate voted to override the veto immediately, and finally, after much postponing, a lot of work to rally votes and in the sneakiest way possible (waiting for likely no-voters to be out of the room) the House voted to override McCrory’s veto as well, 69-41, cementing North Carolina’s status as a national embarrassment.

We’ve spilled a lot of ink explaining why this bill, now law, is total garbage.

“[The bill] creates second-class citizens with the sanction of the government, which we should not be doing," said House minority leader, Rep. Larry Hall, in the three minutes he was given to speak before the vote was taken. "We owe more to the citizens of North Carolina, we owe more to the taxpayers, and we owe more to the value of an oath to the citizens and the state."

Here’s the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group Equality N.C.’s statement:

“From the business community to local leaders to the governor, North Carolinians have stood up and said Senate Bill 2 is deeply problematic and discriminatory legislation. While it targets same-sex couples, in the process it creates problems for all North Carolinians who seek use of taxpayer-funded public services.”

And here’s what the N.C. ACLU has to say:

“This is a sad day for North Carolina that history will not judge kindly. Just eight months after our state extended the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, extremist lawmakers have passed discrimination into law, allowing government officials to deny marriage services to virtually any couple. This shameful backlash against equality will make it harder for all couples in our state to marry and force many to spend what is supposed to be a happy day trapped in a maze of government offices.”

WRAL reports that, following the vote, Guilford County Rep. Cecil Brockman personally apologized to all gay and lesbian couples in North Carolina. On behalf of our state Legislature, we do too.




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