North Carolina's “Uphold Historical Marriage Act” Aims to Ban Same-Sex Unions

North Carolina's “Uphold Historical Marriage Act” Aims to Ban Same-Sex Unions

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are proposing another anti-LGBTQ bill – this time one that could ban same-sex marriage in the state.

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The “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” sponsored by Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale and Carl Ford, claim that the U.S. Supreme Court “overstepped its constitutional bounds” in its 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made marriage equality the law of the land.

The Hill reports that the high court's decision struck down Amendment One in North Carolina's state constitution, which prohibited the state from performing or recognizing same-sex marriages.

“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized,” the amendment, which was supported by 60 percent of North Carolina residents in 2012, states.

The “Uphold Historical Marriage Act” also accuses the Supreme Court of violating "the decree of Almighty God that 'a man shall leave his father and his mother and is united to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24, ESV).'"

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If the bill passes, same-sex marriages already officiated in and outside of North Carolina will not be recognized.