UPDATE 2:22 p.m. EST:
The gay marriage ban proposed by the General Assembly in North Carolina will not get a hearing in the state legislature, House Speaker Tim Moore said on Wednesday.
“There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard,” Moore said in a news release.
ORIGINAL STORY: A group of Republicans in North Carolina's legislature filed a bill to defy the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling that upheld the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in the United States, a Buzzfeed reporter first noted. In HB780, the General Assembly said that "marriages between persons of the same gender are not valid."
JUST IN: Republicans in North Carolina legislature file HB780 to defy Supreme Court's marriage ruling — says same-sex marriages “not valid." pic.twitter.com/qNIwohUVAR— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) April 11, 2017
To support its argument, the General Assembly said that the federal government does not have the authority to establish marriage laws, "as outlined in the United States Constitution."
They also used a Biblical quote to reiterate that the Supreme Court ruling "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.'"
The proposed act gained the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union.
This bill is wrong. We need more LGBT protections, not fewer. - RC https://t.co/o5niNU9Ly7— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) April 11, 2017
As well as North Carolina's governor.
The General Assembly's act comes just a day after President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as an associate judge. Gorsuch faced staunch opposition from Democrats, who believed that his nomination would tip the court to the right.
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