House Bill 780 was sponsored by Republican lawmakers Larry Pittman of Concord, Michael Speciale of New Bern, Carl Ford of Rowan County and Mike Clampitt of Bryson City.
Democrats criticized the act, with North Carolina governor Roy Cooper describing it as "wrong", while Equality North Carolina described the bill as unconstitutional and said it was confident it wouldn't pass. For a scholarly account of same-sex marriage throughout history, see this article from Yale Law scholar William Eskridge, Jr. Same-sex marriages would become invalid, regardless of being conducted within or outside of the state. The notion that individual states can prohibit same-sex marriage via the Tenth Amendment was one of the issues at question in Obergefell, and needless to say, it did not hold. Despite the fact that the repeal kept many of HB2's heinous facets in place, National Basketball Association czar Adam Silver said that Charlotte could soon be getting an All-Star game and the NCAA lifted its ban on postseason tournaments in the state. "We need more LGBT protections, not fewer".
The sponsors of the bill feel the Supreme Court overstepped its constitutional authority in 2015 when it ruled bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
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Questions posed to Western North Carolina's legislative delegation weren't immediately answered, possibly due to the bill's being filed near the end of the day yesterday.
North Carolina apparently didn't get the memo. Sarah Gillooly, policy director for the North Carolina ACLU, called SB 780 a "half-baked legal theor [y]", and pointed out that marriage equality is "the law of the land in North Carolina and the entire nation".
The state has suffered severe backlash and boycotts because of the law. "But more importantly, state lawmakers should not be in the business of telling local officials to target and single out undocumented North Carolinians who work, go to school, and contribute to our communities in countless ways".