North Carolina bill aims to ban same-sex marriage again

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Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have filed a bill in defiance of the US Supreme Court, calling for the restoration of a ban on same-sex marriage.

The "Uphold Historical Marriage Act" says the U.S. Supreme Court over stepped its "constitutional bounds" when in 2015 it struck down what was known as Amendment One.

The proposal contends that "laws concerning marriage are for each state to establish and maintain".

If passed, the law would invalidate existing same-sex marriages, while the state would not recognize marriages performed in other states.

It declares the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision was a Constitutional overreach.

The bill uses the 10 Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as justification, saying power not specifically given to the United States is reserved for the states.

The move came less than two weeks after state lawmakers narrowly repealed the contentious and discriminatory HB2 "bathroom bill" that prompted widespread economic hemorrhaging throughout the state.

"This bill is wrong", he tweeted.

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The "Uphold Historical Marriage Act" has been nearly universally panned, with the Charlotte Observer rightly noting that the mere introduction of the bill has offered an easy opportunity for the nation to "once again" start "mocking North Carolina".

In a statement, the North Carolina Democratic Party said their opponents across the aisle "have a special talent for embarrassing themselves and our state".

A bill introduced Tuesday claims that the nation's highest court overstepped its authority with its 2015 gay-marriage ruling.

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Sarah Gillooly, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, told WRAL that the bill is a "half-baked" legal theory.

Currently, there are 26 states with "stand your ground" laws, including North Carolina.

Rep. Chuck McGrady, a Hendersonville Republican, posted on Twitter indicating what he called "stupid" bills are often filed without support of most legislators.