North Carolina House Bill Would Redefine Marriage As Only Heterosexual

Three Republicans in North Carolina’s House of Representatives have introduced a bill to reverse the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in the state.

H.B. 780, reported by WNCN Tuesday, states that the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring that same-sex couples are guaranteed the right to marry overstepped the court’s constitutional bounds.

The ruling also, according to the bill’s three primary Republican sponsors, “exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the decree of Almighty God that “a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history.”

Legal experts are dubious that the Supreme Court ruling would be overturned.

A similar bill in Tennessee to recognize only those marriages between one man and one woman, the Natural Marriage Defense Act, was delayed recently pending the results of two lawsuits related to same-sex marriage in the state, the Tennessean reported.

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