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North Carolina Lawmaker: We Are ‘Putting A Pink Triangle Into Our State Constitution’

North Carolina state senator Doug Berger (D) compared the state’s proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage to Nazi Germany during this afternoon’s debate. “I believe that if we pass this motion to concur, we are essentially putting a pink triangle into our state constitution,” he warned:

BERGER: In Nazi Germany, some of you may not realize that Adolf Hitler came to power through the ballot box and even though he was elected by the people, he was able to use the instruments of power to take away the rights of individuals….[I]f you were gay, you were required to wear a pink triangle to single that you were a member of that despised group. Now, I believe that if we pass this motion to concur, we are essentially putting a pink triangle into our state constitution.

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Some Republicans took issue with Berger’s characterization, but the amendment ultimately passed in a vote of 30 to 16 and will appear on the May ballot.