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North Carolina's constitution is under attack — 2007 edition

My marriage is sowing the seeds of societal destruction in NC once again.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. A group of scared, middle-aged white men (and this year, one woman)  is so threatened by my relationship with Kate that they’ve gone back to the drawing board to write discrimination into our state constitution.

Senate Bill 13 (SB13) was filed yesterday. The pertinent language:

Marriage is the union of one man and one woman at one time. This is the only marriage that shall be recognized as valid in this State. The uniting of two persons of the same sex or the uniting of more than two persons of any sex in a marriage, civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar relationship within or outside of this State shall not be valid or recognized in this State. This Constitution shall not be construed to require that marital status or the rights, privileges, benefits, or other legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried individuals or groups.”

The prior three attempts have died in committee. The Dem controlled General Assembly has kept it bottled up. That, friends, is the only reason that this state hasn’t had an amendment on the ballot. With stronger Dem numbers this year, we’re hoping the same will happen again, but we have to deal with the clowns below stirring up trouble and shameless bigotry.

Primary sponsor of this “essential legislation” —

James Forrester
District:  41
Counties Represented: Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln

See the rest of the Tarheel homophobes in favor of discrimination after the flip.Here are the co-sponsors of this hate legislation. What are they scared of?

Senator Austin M. Allran (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5876, Email:
Counties Represented: Catawba, Iredell. 
Senator Tom Apodaca (Rep), Deputy Republican Leader, Phone: (919) 733-5745, Email:
Counties Represented: Buncombe, Henderson, Polk
Senator Phil Berger (Rep), Phone:  (919) 733-5708, Email:
Counties Represented: Guilford, Rockingham

Senator Stan Bingham (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5665, Email:
Counties Represented: Davidson, Guilford
Senator Andrew C. Brock (Rep); Phone: (919) 715-0690, Email:
Counties Represented: Davie, Rowan;
Senator Harry Brown (Rep), Phone: (919) 715-3034, Email:,
Counties Represented: Jones, Onslow

Senator Peter Samuel (Pete) Brunstetter (Rep) , Phone: (919) 733-7850, Email:
Counties Represented:  Forsyth
Senator Don East (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5743, Email:
Counties Represented: Alleghany, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin
Senator W. Edward (Eddie) Goodall (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-7659, Email:
Counties Represented: Mecklenburg, Union

Senator Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-7223, Email:
Counties Represented: Cabarrus, Iredell
Senator Neal Hunt (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5850, Email:
Counties Represented: Wake
Senator Jim Jacumin (Rep), Phone: (919) 715-7823, Email:
Counties Represented: Burke, Caldwell

Senator Robert Pittenger (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5655, Email:
Counties Represented: Mecklenburg
Senator Jean Preston (Rep), Phone:  (919) 733-5706, Email:
Counties Represented:  Carteret, Craven, Pamlico
Senator Fred Smith (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5748, Email:
Counties Represented: Johnston, Wayne

Senator John Snow (Dem), Phone: (919) 733-5875, Email:
Counties Represented:  Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania
Senator Jerry W. Tillman (Rep), Phone: (919) 733-5870, Email:
Counties Represented: Montgomery, Randolph

I’m sure we will have the religious wingnuts at Call2Action and Daddy D will scrape up people and bring them in to have another “Traditional Marriage Rally” or some other bullsh*t event as they have before.

C2A and the fundies bused in for the 2005 marriage rally bleated that 10,000 people would show up, and only to round up a couple of hundred folks, who carried precious signs like this:


EqualityNC will be lobbying hard again, not only to fight this amendment bill, but to encourage legislators to pass an anti-discrimination bill that adds sexual orientation, protecting gay state employees.

NC marriage amendment legislation stopped for the third year

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