Four years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision made gay marriage legal across the United States, some members of the General Assembly are trying to reverse the policy.
House Bill 65, the Marriage Amendment Reaffirmation Act, seeks to nullify the Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina and challenge its constitutionality nationwide. Primary sponsors N.C. Rep. Larry Pittman, R-District 83; Mark Brody, R-District 55; and Keith Kidwell, R-District 79, define any marriage that is not between a man and a woman as a “parody marriage” and opposed to the "nature of the human species."
“Like last year, it still is true that marriage equality is the law of the land, not only in North Carolina but in the entire nation, no matter what, to be frank, half-baked legal theories these anti-LGBTQ+ lawmakers try to put forward,” said Molly Rivera, an N.C. ACLU communications associate.
HB 65 comes in the wake of another, similar piece of legislation from the General Assembly’s 2017-2018 session, House Bill 780. While they both would make gay marriage illegal again in North Carolina, their methods were different.
HB 780’s case for overturning the decision was that, according to the sponsors, several of whom are now sponsoring HB 65, the court was trying to exceed the authority of God.