WNC Lawmaker Clampitt Signs on to Gay Marriage Ban Bill

Apr 12, 2017

Four North Carolina Republicans are taking a symbolic swipe at gay marriage, introducing a measure rejecting a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex unions in every state.  Bryson City Republican Mike Clampitt is among them.  The bill claims that the nation's highest court overstepped itself with its 2015 ruling that had the effect of voiding an amendment to North Carolina's constitution forbidding same-sex marriage that voters approved three years earlier.  The ACLU of North Carolina said gay marriage is the law and derided the legal reasoning of the proposed bill as "half-baked" and "absurd."  Governor Roy Cooper tweeted that the bill is "wrong," saying we need more LGBT protections, not fewer.