North Carolina Legislature Defies Public Opinion & Governor’s Wishes to Pass Anti-Gay Bill

June 11, 2015 • 10:40 am

June 11, 2015  Dan Rafter | dan@freedomforallamericans.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The North Carolina House voted today to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of S.B. 2, a marriage refusal bill which allows government employees in the state to deny marriage licenses to loving, committed same-sex couples. The North Carolina Senate overrode the Governor’s veto last week.

Freedom for All Americans campaign manager Matt McTighe issued the following statement today in response to the override:

“When Governor Pat McCrory – a Republican – vetoed S.B. 2, he noted that anyone who swears an oath to uphold and defend our laws should do just that, without exemption. We’re a nation of laws, and today the North Carolina legislature is sending a message that discrimination against LGBT people can trump those laws.

“Businesses, faith groups, and Republicans and Democrats united in opposition against S.B.2. The majority of North Carolinians opposed the legislation. Governor McCrory absolutely did the right thing in vetoing the legislation. The legislature is choosing to ignore all of those unified voices. Rather than advancing North Carolina’s image as a welcoming state where families and businesses can thrive, they’re damaging the Tar Heel state’s reputation with this action.”

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every gay and transgender American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally. 

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