Anti-gay marriage amendment filed in N.C. Senate

Senate version would place amendment on November 2012 ballot; House version expected soon

by Matt Comer  Editor
Published: February 22, 2011 in News

Originally published: Feb. 22, 2011, 5:49 p.m.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2011, 8:17 p.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gaston County Sen. James Forrester filed on Tuesday his anti-LGBT constitutional amendment on marriage.

The text of the proposed amendment, which has not yet been filed in the House, would ban any recognition of any “domestic legal union” other than a marriage between an opposite-sex couple. If approved by the legislature, the amendment would appear on the November 2012 ballot. Three-fifths of both the House and Senate must approve the amendment before it can appear on the ballot; the governor has no veto authority on amendments.

Forrester, a Republican who has been the primary lead on the amendment for the past seven years, was joined in sponsoring the legislation by Jerry W. Tillman (R-Montgomery, Randolph) and Dan Soucek (R-Alexander, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes). Twenty other senators, all Republican, are co-sponsoring the bill. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Guilford, Rockingham) did not sponsor the amendment.

Palmquist said a companion bill was expected in the House, though he had no definitive timeline.

This is a developing story: Stay tuned to for more information as it becomes available.