Four Republicans (of course) in the North Carolina state legislature have filed a bill that would declare the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell to be “null and void” and ban same-sex marriage again, also dissolving any such marriages already performed in that state.
The bill is HB780 and it’s sponsored by Reps. Mark Brody, Carl Ford, Michael Speciale and Larry Pittman. The bill even quotes the Bible:
Gosh, you’re going to be awfully busy if you’re going to declare all laws that are contrary to “the decree of Almighty God” to be null and void. You’re going to have to ban working on the sabbath, worshiping other gods, blasphemy, premarital sex, eating shellfish and pork, wearing mixed-fabric clothing and about a thousand other things. Good luck with that.
Whereas, 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 and the People 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” (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history;
(a) The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina declares that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision of the United States Supreme Court of 2015 is null and void in the State of North Carolina, and that the State of North Carolina shall henceforth uphold and enforce Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution, the opinion and objection of the United States Supreme Court notwithstanding.
(b) 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.”
Yeah, that’s not how this works. It’s not how any of this works. And if you actually pass the bill, you’ll find that out very quickly. And if you think the backlash to the transgender bathroom bill, which cost the state billions of dollars, was bad, just go ahead and try that. It’ll be fun to watch.