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North Carolina May Consider Anti-Gay Constitutional Amendment This Week

By Igor Volsky  

"North Carolina May Consider Anti-Gay Constitutional Amendment This Week"

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QNotes’ Matt Comer reports that North Carolina lawmakers might consider a state constitutional amendment that would ban all “recognition of same-sex marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships and other public and private arrangements for same-sex couples” as early as Thursday, when legislators consider several unrelated measures:

Their session rules allow them to consider only those and certain other topics, but, on Tuesday, Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) filed an adjournment resolution that would allow the legislature to quickly adjourn on Wednesday and reconvene on Thursday. The new session would allow for consideration of constitutional amendments. [...]

There’s been no serious indication the anti-LGBT bills will be heard on Thursday, but statewide advocacy group Equality North Carolina emailed their supporters Tuesday evening and urged them to contact their legislators. The group has also issued a call for volunteers to help them staff phone banking efforts today.

A special fall session on constitutional amendments could still be in the works. Tillis told reporters Tuesday that heintends to return and hear amendments that don’t make the cut Thursday. In June, Tillis told Asheville’s Citizen-Times that the anti-LGBT amendments would “definitely be brought up in a special fall session.”

North Carolina is “the last remaining state in the Southeast without a constitutional amendment banning recognition of same-sex relationships” and the New York Times’ Nate Silver has projected that the measure “would be a heavy favorite to pass.”

Several other states are also considering placing an LGBT-related amendment on the 2012 ballot. Minnesota will ask voters to go to the ballot to prohibit marriage equality while Maine, Washington and Oregon have introduced pro-LGBT measures.

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