Target: North Carolina Speaker of the House, Tim Moore
Goal: Condemn allowing government employees to discriminate against same-sex couples try to get married.
County magistrates in North Carolina will now be able to refuse to perform civil marriage ceremonies to same-sex couples. The North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the discriminatory bill with a three-fifths majority.
The bill, called SB2, also allows various county employees to opt out of handling marriage licenses for couples of the same sex.
Republicans first pushed the discriminatory bill through the House with ease and Governor Pat McCrory took a stand against the bill by saying it was unconstitutional and that he would veto it if it came to his desk. Unfortunately, a three-fifths majority vote of the House can overturn the governor’s veto and now it is up to the Supreme Court to rule on whether the law is constitutional or not.
It is unfortunate to see that so many of those who hold office in North Carolina want so desperately to make life more difficult for same-sex couples. This law is disgraceful and reflects poorly on the state. Please sign the petition below to let North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore know that the actions of the North Carolina House Assembly is shameful and that same-sex couples should not be discriminated against.
Dear Mr. Tim Moore,
The North Carolina Legislature recently voted to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages. This bill is now law and is a disgrace to the state of North Carolina.
Originally called SB2, this bill is discriminatory against same-sex couples and will undoubtedly go to the Supreme Court to decide whether or not it is constitutional or not. This will cost tax payers in the state of North Carolina more money and it is ridiculous for them to waste their hard-earned money on this matter of equality.
The LGBT community does not deserve to be discriminated against and everyone knows that this legislation was a thinly disguised way to discriminate against them. It is time that we stop wasting tax-payer dollars to fight against equality for others and instead use that time to pass meaningful legislation that promotes equality.
I am disappointed in the North Carolina General Assembly and I hope that it will make better decisions in the future that will propel North Carolina forward instead of backwards.
[Your Name Here]
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