Target: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
Goal: Praise Republican governor for saying he will veto a homophobic bill when it comes to his desk.
North Carolina governor Pat McCrory said that he would “defend the Constitution” by vetoing legislation that would allow magistrates and other court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties.
The Republican governor said that even though he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, this bill should not allow court officials to get out of their duties of office and go against the oath they took. Republicans from the Senate approved the bill and sent it to the House, which passed it with a final tally of 67-43. Governor McCrory made his announcement that he would veto the bill shortly after this final vote.
Before the final vote in the House, McCrory had given previous interviews on his distaste for the bill. “I don’t think you should have an exemption when you took an oath to uphold … the constitution of North Carolina,” he said. This is the first time McCrory has used his veto powers in the current legislative session.
While Republicans argue that it protects freedom of religion, it’s clear that this bill is more about making it even more difficult for same-sex couples to marry. Same-sex marriage was legalized in North Carolina in October of 2014.
This bill is nothing more than thinly disguised discrimination. Please sign the petition below to thank North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for promising to veto it.
Dear Governor McCrory,
I am writing to thank you for making a public statement that you will veto Senate Bill 2, which allows court officials to let magistrates opt out of performing a marriage if they have a religious objection.
While you have made your beliefs known that you think marriage should be between a man and a woman only, it is admirable that you will veto this legislation despite these beliefs. Your consistency is something that should not be taken for granted and you should ignore the critics of your decision to veto the bill.
This legislation will only lead to making it more difficult for same-sex couples to marry. North Carolina voted to allow same-sex couples to marry last October and it is time that we support this decision. Thank you again for being a rational voice in this issue.
[Your Name Here]
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